Member, University Public Lectures Committee
Member, HASS BGP Management Committee
BA(Hons) University of Northumbria, 1988
Dip.CG University of Northumbria, 1989
PhD University of Northumbria, 1993
Associate Lecturer in History, University of Northumbria, 1991-1999
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Society for the Study of Labour History
Co-operative Archive Committee
North East Labour History Society
North East England Historical Institute (NEEHI)
Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society
Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
North East Teaching and Learning Network
AHRC Research Fellowship, 2007
Victorian society and politics; nineteenth-century British radicalism, especially Chartism; The Victorian press; Modern British History with reference to the North East of England;
I am preparing a study of the Catholic Press, Irish nationalism and the Labour Party, 1900-1920
I am currently writing a study of Mazzini and his publications in British radical journals, 1848-55 as a contribution to Nick Carter (ed), Britain, Ireland and the Italiam Risorgimento (forthcoming,Palgrave)
I have recently published an article on George Julian Harney and the Democratic Review in a Special issue of Labour History Review which I co-edited with Owen R Ashton: Radicals, Chartists, and Internatiionalism, 78.1 (2013).
My work on John Boyle O'Reilly is currently in press and will appear in Jack Rhoden, Ingrid Hansen, Erin Snyder eds, Poetry, Art and Politics
I have contributed 13 entries to Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor (eds) Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism (British Library, 2010), including two new entries on the North East press and the Catholic Herald (see http://c19index.chadwyck.com/marketing/aboutdncj.jsp)
I am working on the life and career of the Irish nationalist and Catholic press magnate Charles Diamond MP(1858-1934
I welcome proposals from postgraduates who are interested in any aspect of Victorian society and politics, from a national or a regional perspective.I would be particularly interested in projects which focus upon the history of the popular press or the Irish in Britain.
In 2012 my MLitt student David Lowther graduated with Distinction; he is now working on an AHRC funded PhD studentship examining the work of John Gould. In 2011 my postgraduate student, Marcella Sutcliffe was awarded a doctorate for her study of British radicals and Italian nationalists.
My current postgraduate students are:
Tanju Sen (MPhil:Women in 19th C. Bengal)
Susan Beaumont (PhD: Women and early banking in Newcastle upon Tyne)
David Lowther (AHRC funded PhD: Reinterpreting the Darwinian Revolution)
Peter Wright (Mlitt: Thomas Briggs and the campign for the 'free breakfast table, 1868-1874')
Director, North East England Historical Institute [NEEHI]
Head of History, 2009-2012
Vice Chair, Society for the Study of Labour History 2008-2011
Editor, Labour History Review, 2007-2011
Editorial Advisory Board Member,Northern History.
A Director of BUTTRESS (Tyne and Wear Buildings' Preservation Trust).
Member of the Co-operative Archives Trust,Holyoake House, Manchester.
HIS 3080 Victorian Society, 1832-1884
HIS 3079 Popular Politics and Reform, 1811-1850
HIS 2037 Progress and Plenty? British History 1815-1914
HIS 2112 Outsiders: Minorities in Modern Europe
HIS 3000 Reading History
HIS 3020 Writing History (Dissertation)
HIS 8105 Reform and Resistance in British History
HIS8025 Pathways in British History
HIS 8037 The British Press [MA in British History]