I’m a historian and journalist based in London. My historical research focuses on early modern British and European history, the history of political thought and discourse, cultural history, utopianism and literature. And of course I’m a news junkie!
After studying History, German and English Literature at Bonn University, Germany for two years I moved to the UK, where I completed my BA in History at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich. I stayed on to do an MA in Early Modern History followed by a PhD on the republican Henry Neville (1619-94) supervised by J.C. Davis and Mark Knights.
Since completing my PhD I have worked as a History tutor at the UEA, Queen Mary and Goldsmiths Colleges in London, Humboldt University in Berlin, and the University of Potsdam, Germany.
I have also worked as an administrator for Norwich City Council, supply teacher in Norfolk, sub-editor with dpa News International in Cork, Ireland, freelance foreign correspondent for various German media, press review editor for euro|topics in Berlin and freelance journalist. I am currently working as a political editor for the German Press Agency dpa in London.
I had a lecturing post in the English department at Potsdam before moving to Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne in January 2011. After a six-month work secondment from April to September 2015 I started working as a journalist for dpa News International again. In August 2018 I became Honorary Associate Professor at Warwick University. Since 1 December 2020 I have been a Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University.
My first monograph was Henry Neville and English Republican Culture in the Seventeenth Century: Dreaming of Another Game (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009). Together with Dirk Wiemann at Potsdam I co-edited European Contexts for English Republicanism (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013) and Perspectives on English Revolutionary Republicanism (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014). Together with Cesare Cuttica I edited, Patriarchal Moments (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016). My most recent book, The English Republican Exiles in Europe during the Restoration, appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2020. With Thomas Munck, I am currently editing Ideas across borders: translating visions of authority and civil society in Europe, c.1600-1840 for Routledge.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.