I’m a historian who loves combining broad teaching, about crucial and long-term global developments, with specialist research into mysterious and dimly understood topics.
Here at Imperial, I put that into practice by convening two very different history modules. The first, ‘Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World,’ concerns the dramatic history of conspiracies, riots, coups, civil wars, emancipation and terror, between the late 1700s and the present day. It’s available to second and third year Imperial undergraduates, and is run through the Imperial Horizons programme.
My second module is a 20-week evening class entitled ‘Spellbound: A History of Magic from Ancient Times to the Present Day’. Beginning in Autumn 2019, this evocative and interactive course will be available to all, whether Imperial students or not, for a modest fee.
I also research and write about the modern history of witchcraft and magic. It involves scouring various historical sources, looking for evidence about all sorts of weird and wonderful things: spells and curses, ritual markings and magical amulets, fortune tellers and faith healers, and of course wizards and witches.
I’ve published several articles about this exciting topic (see below), and have a forthcoming book for Yale University Press entitled Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times.
Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times. Forthcoming with Yale University Press, August 2019.