I am Director of Studies in History at Hughes Hall and College Teaching Associate and Bye Fellow at Downing College. I was previously a British Academy postdoctoral fellow at Selwyn College, and completed a PhD at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. I hold an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, an MLitt from Trinity College Dublin, and a BA (Hons) from University College Dublin.
I am interested in early modern cultural, religious and political history in Britain and Europe, with an especial focus on baroque culture, social interaction and confessional identities in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. My current project, Anglo-European cultural exchange and inter-confessional sociability, 1648-1715, explores some of these themes against the background of the re-alignment of confessional geopolitics after the Peace of Westphalia.
My first book, a study of James II's restoration of diplomatic ties with the papacy and English engagement with Papal Rome in the late seventeenth century, will be published by Cambridge University Press.