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About me

After a career in the City of London, John turned to academia and received a Master's in London Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London, in 2006. He completed a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2010 on the history of inter-war suburban automobility. John is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.  He joined the University of Westminster in 2011.


Research interests

  • The historical geography of British suburbia
  • Mid twentieth-century British history
  • History of the middle classes
  • The development of automobility
  • The relationship between mobility and modernity

Current research projects

A history of the Jet Set

Previous work

John's book for Manchester University Press in the History of Popular Culture Series titled The Experience of Suburban Modernity was published in 2014.

John's book The Roadhouse Comes to Britain (co-authored with Professor David W. Gutzke of Missouri State University) is a comparative study of inter-war drinking and motoring, and was published by Bloomsbury in 2017

John's book 1938: Modern Britain was published by Bloomsbury in late 2018.

His current monograph project Not Like Home, on Americans in Britain in the 1950s, will be published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2019


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