2003-2007: Trinity College, Dublin: PhD in History. Thesis Title: A Kingdom United: British and Irish Popular Responses to the Outbreak of War, July to December 1914. Successfully viva-ed, January 2008.

  • Supervisor: Professor John Horne.
  • External Examiner: Professor Gary Sheffield.
  • Internal Examiner: Professor David Fitzpatrick.

2002-2003: London School of Economics and Political Science: MSc in International Relations. Merit, June 2003.

1998-2002: Trinity College, Dublin: BA Honours in History and Political Science. Double First Class Honours (Top of class), June 2002.

Academic Appointments:

Sept 2009 – April 2013: Lecturer in History, University of Exeter.

April 2013 – present: Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter.


  • Level 1: Microhistories
  • Level 1: World History
  • Level 2: British Imperialism in the Middle East 1882-1956
  • Level 2: Doing History independent projects
  • Level 3: The First World War: Interrogating the Myths
  • Level 3: Creating Sustainable Communities (in collaboration with Politics)
  • Level 3: Dissertations
  • MA and PhD supervision

Administrative Duties:

  • Admissions Tutor
  • Outreach and WP activities
  • Employability Officer

Sept 2008 – Sept 2009: One-Year Lectureship in Modern History, Cardiff University, Wales. I was the course convenor of two undergraduate modules of my own design: British Imperialism in the Middle East 1914-1956 and Britain and France and the First World War: A Comparative History. I also taught on the first year course The Making of the Modern World and the second year historiography/approaches module Exploring Historical Debate.

Sept 2007 – Jan 2008: Lecturer in Modern History, Brunel University, Middlesex (Part-Time). A temporary position covering research leave. I was the course convenor of two undergraduate modules: Modern Europe 1871-1945 and Twentieth Century World History.