My research to date has focused on the history of the British Post Office. I am now developing a transnational approach to examine collaboration between the UK and the USA during the Second World War in the area of business, voluntary action, trade unionism and philanthropic activity. Diplomatic and voluntary action to assist China in the Second World War, articulated through the Anglo-American relationship is the focus of my current research.
- BScEcon, Modern History and Political Science, Cardiff University
- MSt, Modern History, University of Oxford
- PhD, Modern History, University of London
I graduated from the universities of Cardiff, Oxford and London. My PhD was funded by an Arts and Humanities Collaborative Doctoral Award in British Postal History. It examined the role of women workers in the General Post Office in Britain from 1939-1945. I was supervised by Professor Pat Thane and Dr. Adrian Steel.
I am the author of over 10 peer reviewed articles, three edited collections and one monograph in the area of Modern British History. My main research focus to date has been on the social and economic history of the Second World War, with a particular focus on Britain. I am particularly interested in the history of work and labor in this period, the workers' experiences during the conflict, together with perceptions of social class and capitalism in Britain and Europe in the Second World War and wider twentieth century.
For the academic year 2018-19 I was a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, where I completed the research for my next monograph on Anglo-American relations vis-a-vis China in the Second World War. Previously, I worked for eight years in China, first as an EFL teacher for one year at Hubei University of Education, and subsequently for eight years at the Department of History, Wuhan University (postdoctoral researcher, 2011-12, Assistant Professor 2012-13 and Associate Professor 2013-19) Before that, I was an Associate Lecturer at Cardiff University alongside studying for my PhD. I taught two courses, namely British Politics (2nd year 30 credit module) and a 20 credit final year module on Wales, Devolution and Multi-Level Governance in the UK. I also contributed to the MA in Contemporary British History at the Institute of Historical Research.