I am a Lecturer in Modern British History and Vice Principal of St Hilda's College, Oxford. As a social historian, I am interested in ordinary people's experience and memory of the past. My research examines class and gender relations, social mobility, work and education - often by using oral histories and unpublished autobiographies.
My book The People: the rise and fall of the working class, 1910-2010 (London, 2014), argues that the century after 1910 was the working-class century. The working class became 'the people', as a result of ordinary people's efforts to have their voices heard. The book explores this, and what led to the demonisation of the working class at the end of the 20th century.
I work closely with communities and organisations beyond the University. These include MaD Theatre Group in Manchester. My collaboration with them informed my article 'Class conflict and the myth of cultural "inclusion" in modern Manchester' in J. Wolff and M. Savage (eds), Culture in Manchester. Institutions and urban change since 1850 (Manchester, 2013).
I serve on the editorial boards of Past and Present and the Royal Historical Society's Studies in History monograph series, and am a member of the Advisory Panel of History and Policy.