MA, MPhil, DPhil, FRHistS
I have been Fellow and Tutor in History at Balliol College, and jointly a Lecturer at Oriel, since 1997; I take Oriel students principally for the three modern British history papers, which span the periods 1685-1830, 1815-1924, and since 1900.
For the Faculty I teach the Special Subject on ‘Church, State, and English Society 1829-54′, superintend graduate admissions and progress in the British history 1700-1850 period, and currently supervise doctoral students pursuing such topics as the career and thought of Sir James Graham, George Canning and ‘party’, and Gladstone’s historical imagination.
I work on nineteenth-century British political and religious history. My book ‘Tractarians and the ‘Condition of England’: the Social and Political Thought of the Oxford Movement’ was published by OUP in 2004, and I contributed a number of individual and group entries to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. I am currently working on a survey of party politics and religion in the 1840s. I gave the annual Lee Seng Tee Lecture at Oriel in 2006, and contributed two chapters to the recent history of the College, I have also broadcast on subjects from the Oxford Movement to speedway, and review regularly for the English Historical Review and other learned journals.
For a list of my latest publications, please see my History Faculty page.