Historian of War

I am a historian focusing primarily on the First World War and also wider popular representations of warfare. I received my PhD from the University of Sussex in 2013. My thesis examined relations between British and French soldiers during the First World War.

I have taught on war, conflict, and European history at the universities of Sussex, Brighton, Kent, and Goldsmiths College, London.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and a Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for Army Leadership, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

I am also a series editor for the De Gruyter academic book series ‘Video Games and the Humanities‘ and a co-presenter on ‘Oh! What a Lovely Podcast‘ which explores the portrayal of the First World War in popular culture and media

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Academic Author

I am the author of The First World War in Computer Games (Palgrave, 2015) and British, French and American Relations on the Western Front, 1914-1918 (Palgrave, 2018).

I am also authoring the book The History and Politics of Star Wars: Death Stars and Democracy due to be published by Routledge (and unaffiliated with Disney Lucasfilm) in 2022.

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Star Wars Author

Along with Jason Fry, Cole Horton, and Amy Ratcliffe, I am the co-author of the officially licensed book Star Wars Battles that Changed the Galaxy (2021) published by DK.

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Speaker and Consultant

I was a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Imperial War Museum’s digital centenary projects and also acted as a consultant to the BBC during the planning stage for their First World War centenary output.

I was a member of the Research Network for the First World War co-ordinating centre ‘Gateways to the First World War’ where I acted as a consultant and research skills trainer to numerous local history projects.

I have been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live’s coverage of key events during the First World War centenary and have also acted as a consultant and contributor for episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC One.

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