After attending local state schools, I studied History at the University of Cambridge and went on to do a Masters in Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes University. I worked in London as a historic buildings consultant for a year, then did my PhD in History at Bangor University. I was the Economic History Society Postan Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research before taking up my current post at Queen’s in autumn 2021.
I teach late medieval and early modern British and European history. I also contribute to College teaching in historical methods and approaches.
With a particular focus on early modern Wales, I am broadly interested in gentry culture and society in early modern Britain and Britain’s engagement with the world. I am currently completing a monograph, based on my doctoral thesis, which uses the example of the Welsh gentry to demonstrate the strength of regional identity in early modern Britain. While at Queen’s, I am also starting my second book project which examines early modern Welsh colonial activity in North America, including its impact on Indigenous peoples and its role in the construction of British imperialism.
- ‘“By reason of her sex and widowhood”: An early modern Welsh gentlewoman in the Court of Star Chamber’, in K. J. Kesselring and N. Mears (eds), Star Chamber Matters: The Court and its Records (London: University of London Press, 2021), pp. 79–96.
- ‘Credibility in the Court of Chancery: Salesbury v Bagot, 1671–1677’, The Seventeenth Century, 36 (2021), 55–79.
- ‘Officeholding and local politics in early modern Wales: A study of the Salesburys of Rhug and Bachymbyd, c.1536–1621’, Welsh History Review, 30 (2020), 206–32.