I am a historian, writer and reviewer. My writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Irish Times, Tortoise and elsewhere, while I have featured on BBC TV & Radio as a New Generation Thinker, and on RTÉ Radio. My first book on food history is out now with Bloomsbury, and you can learn more about my research here. I am currently an Editorial Fellow at History Workshop, and an Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. I worked on Higher Education policy and public engagement for The Royal Historical Society (particularly last year focusing on our reports on race and gender in UK History). I was previously a Research Fellow in Economic History at the LSE, where I was a research partner on an EU project on the history of citizenship; my colleagues and I have recently published papers from our work in Theory & Society, the European Review of Economic History, and the Journal of Social History. I also work with the Ireland’s Edge conference at the Other Voices festival in Dingle, where I have hosted discussions on migration, identity, and sustainability.
Bloomsbury are releasing a paperback version of my first book, Food, Religion & Communities in Early Modern Europe, in December. Spanning the Spanish Inquisition, the Reformation, and the persecution of witchcraft, the book explores the place and importance of food in early modern history. You can find out more and order my book here.
In today’s FT I have reviewed Johny Pitts’s important new book Afropean: Notes from Black Europe.
Spain faces a historic election tomorrow and in this weekend’s Tortoise I’ve written about the historical controversies – from exhuming Franco to apologising for colonialism – that have run through the campaign.
In this weekend’s Irish Times, I’ve reviewed a new collection of essays on Protestants in the first half-century of independent Ireland.
In this weekend’s Tortoise I’ve written about the relationship between food and identity, discussing everything from politicised pork to fast food fish sandwiches.
In this weekend’s Guardian, I review Diarmaid Ferriter’s timely new history of the Irish border.
In this weekend’s Financial Times, I go ‘Beyond the Backstop’ and explore Irish perspectives on Brexit.