My interests lie in nineteenth-century British political and religious history.
I have written variously on paternalist and reactionary thought in the 1830s and 1840s, and my book on the political and social thought of the Tractarians was published by Oxford University Press in 2004. I have contributed a number of individual and group entries on clergymen, writers, and motorcycle racers to theOxford Dictionary of National Biography, and am currently working on religion and Peel in the 1830s and 1840s. I have broadcast on subjects ranging from Queen Victoria to speedway racing.
Past supervision topics include Canning and toryism, Sir James Graham and party, the historical outlook of J. M. Neale, popular Conservatism in the 1830s, and Gladstone's historical intelligence; present topics include Spencer Perceval's evangelicalism, anti-Peelite Conservatism in the 1830s and 1840s, intellectuals and the Eastern Question, and Disraeli's religious thought. I am a convenor of the Modern British History graduate seminar.
Nineteenth-century British political and religious history
The social history of motorcycling
I work on British political and religious history, mainly in the first half of the nineteenth century. My initial interest in reactionary and paternalist politics during the age of reform took me to the subject of the social and political thought of the Oxford Movement, and my doctoral work on that subject culminated in an OUP book of 2004, Tractarians and the 'Condition of England'. I am currently working on a book on Peel and religion, with particular attention to the political consequences of the Maynooth Grant controversy.
Social and Political Commentary
The British Critic: Newman and Mozley, Oakley and Ward
'A triumph of the rich': Tractarians and the Reformation
Oriel to Oliver Twist: Noetics and Tractarians at Large
A Response to Eamon Duffy
'A triumph of the rich: Tractarians and the Reformation
History versus Hagiography: the Reception of Turner's Newman
Tractarians and the 'Condition of England': The Social and Political Thought of the Oxford Movement
'The Duty of the State': Keble, the Tractarians and Establishment