I graduated with a BA Honours in English Literature & History from the University of Lancaster, from where I also gained a Masters in Historical Research, specialising in social and cultural history. In 2010 I earned a PhD from the University of London (Institute of Historical Research), having completed a thesis funded by the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Scheme, which allowed me to work with the British Postal Museum & Archive (now The Postal Museum). I have worked at the University of Westminster since 2007.
I teach on a range of modules in History at Westminster, including those related to the history of London and more broadly to the social and cultural history of Britain, as well as those which explore how the past is depicted in museums and heritage sites. At third year undergraduate level, I teach the research-led module 'Transatlantic Feminisms: the women's movement in twentieth-century Britain and Canada'.
I am Course Leader for the BA English Literature & History.
My work centres on questions around women's employment, feminism, and women in public life in the late 19th and 20th centuries. I am also interested in representations of women in popular culture and have published on aspects of women in magazines and periodicals in the twentieth century.
In 2016 my monograph Gender, Rhetoric and Regulation: women's work in the Civil Service and the London County Council 1900-55 was published by Manchester University Press. I am now working on a book project on the marriage bar and social and cultural debates about married women's paid work, c.1870-1960.