Deputy Editor, Reviews in History, and Editorial Assistant (Web)
I was seconded to the IHR in 2007 to work on Making History, a project for which the outcome was a resource covering the development of the discipline and profession of history in Britain from the late 19th century. Fortunately the end of this secondment coincided with the departure of the previous deputy editor of Reviews in History, and I was able to segue neatly into my current role. This combines responsibility for commissioning, editing and posting reviews of books and electronic resources covering all aspects of history, with a variety of work assisting the IHR Webmaster with both the day-to-day running of the IHR website and longer-term projects, including the relaunch of both the main website itself and the new look Reviews in History pages, as well as assisting with the podcasting of the IHR seminars, now being developed as part of the IHR Digital Seminar and Research Training Project.
Originally trained as a librarian, I'd previously worked elsewhere in the School of Advanced Study, initially on a two-and-a-half year project to catalogue and promote the political ephemera collections of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and subsequently as manager of the latter's library prior to its absorption into the main ULRLS collections at Senate House.
Research and publications
My work interests include the study of the use of ephemera (particularly relating to trade unions and political parties) as historical source material, and historiography and the British history profession. I'm also interested in exploring ways to ensure as much as possible of the ever-expanding output of history books and resources is covered by in-depth reviews, and that these are promoted as widely as possible to the worldwide historical profession.
'Unnatural selection? The political materials collections in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICS)', African Research and Documentation, 98 (2005)(http://polarch.sas.ac.uk/pages/paper.htm)
'The collections of Caribbean political ephemera at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Institute for the study of the Americas (ISA)', The Society for Caribbean Studies Annual Conference Papers, 6 (2005). (http://www.caribbeanstudies.org.uk/papers/2005/olvol6p5.PDF)
Networks and Collaboration
Member of Clio-online Historische Rezensionen Online.