I read History at University College Dublin (BA, 1982) and at Rhodes University (PhD, 1989). I specialise in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), South Africa and the wider British Empire in North America and Australasia; trans-imperial loyalist allegiances, ethnic identities and anti-colonial solidarities; Anglo-dominion and inter-dominion relations; Ireland’s relationship to the British Empire-Commonwealth; religion, gender and empire; the history of warfare.

I am an editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies. I have taught at the University of York and Oxford Brookes University and Oxford University. I have held visiting fellowships at Rhodes University, University College Cork, the University of Trier, and the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, at King’s College London. I am a Research Associate of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the University of London and a member of the Second World War Research Group at King’s College London. My hobbies include music and country walking.

Selected Quote

“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Etienne de Grellet (1773-1855)