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About me

I studied History and Politics at the London School of Economics, the Queen's University of Belfast, the Polytechnic of Central London and the University of Kent at Canterbury. After a career in industry, I joined the University of Westminster's teaching staff in 1993. I was formerly course leader on the BA (Hons) History degree and Regent Campus Principal Lecturer in Teaching and Learning.  From 2011 to 2018, I was Head of the Department of History, Sociology and Criminology.  I am now Principal Lecturer in History.

Media queries

I am able to speak to media queries on William Joyce, C19th Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Troubles.

Teaching

I currently teach modules on Ireland from 1868-1923 at level 5 and from 1968-1998 at leve 6.    am module leader for the core History module at level 4, 'Blood and Iron: the Making of the Modern World Part One'.  I take a tutor group at level 4 and supervise students at level 6.  I am also the module leader on the level 6 option 'Divided Society: a Social History of Britain in the Twentieth Century.' 

Research

I was one of the original graduates of David Welch's Centre for the Study of Propaganda at the University of Kent.  My PhD was on British public opinion during the last war and in particular on the attempt by the Nazis to subvert British morale via radio propaganda.  My book, 'Nazi Wireless Propaganda' was developed out of it.

I continued to work subsequently on wartime propaganda, but as my teaching interests became more specialised, I began working on Irish history also.  I have published on nineteenth-century sectarian grievances (particularly around street preaching) and propaganda in the Irish War of Independence.  I published a controversial study on anti-terrorist policy in Northern Ireland and an article on television coverage of civil rights march in Derry in October 1968.  My next publication (currently under review) focuses on British reactions to the 1979 visit to Ireland of Pope John Paul II.  I am now working on behind-the-scenes relationships between the Northern Ireland Office and the 'Peace People'.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.