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Research overview

I have published widely on the ethics of war, history of violence, and intellectual history.

My interests cover a broad chronological and interdisciplinary range, including ancient Egyptian just war doctrine, medieval military history, debates on the use of torture, and the history of terrorism. In my research I look to engage different approaches pioneered in the disciplines of History, International Relations, Sociology and Anthropology.



I arrived in St Andrews in 2011, when I was appointed Lecturer in Medieval History. Since arriving I have held two international research fellowships: a Wallenberg Research Fellowship at the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace (University of Stockholm) in 2016; and a Humanities Collaboration Research Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Huntington Library, Los Angeles, in 2017-18.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in History.

I received a B.A. Hons First Class in Ancient History from University College London (2004), receiving a number of academic awards and an undergraduate research bursary from the British Academy. I returned to UCL in 2005 with full funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to complete a Masters in Medieval Studies, gaining a Distinction. Winning further AHRC funding, I pursued my doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, receiving several academic prizes and completing a D.Phil in History in 2010. I was also appointed a Scouloudi Junior Research Fellow at the Institute for Historical Research, London, from 2009 to 2010. Between 2010 and 2011, I spent a year in Wales as Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Aberystwyth. I am currently a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, co-editor of the journal Global Intellectual History, and Associate Director of the St Andrews Institute for Intellectual History.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Secretary, International Ethics section, International Studies Association (ISA)

Apr 2020 → …

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Royal Historical Society

2015 → …


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