Vanessa is Fellowships Officer for the IHR and joined the Institute in 2014. In this role she runs the annual fellowship competitions and works with both Junior and Senior Fellows throughout the year. Vanessa is also responsible for the IHR's annual prizes, research awards and bursaries administered by the Institute and its partners.
Before joining the IHR, Vanessa worked at School of Advanced Study (SAS): first as a Research Officer in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies on the Ruth First Papers and the Commonwealth Oral History projects; and then as a Research Degree Officer in SAS Central.
Vanessa has degrees in Middle Eastern and Islamic history, and the history of the Special Operations Executive. She worked for 12 years as a historical research consultant on First Nations history for the Canadian government, as well as on 20th-century American and British intelligence history for a range of historical publications.