I am a public historian and author who specialises in transnational experiences of warfare and modern media representations of history. 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 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.

Academic Author

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To date I have written three academic monographs. The First World War in Computer Games  was published by Palgrave in 2015. British, French and American Relations on the Western Front, 1914-1918 was published by Palgrave, 2018.

My most recent book, The History and Politics of Star Wars: Death Stars and Democracy was published by Routledge (and unaffiliated with Disney Lucasfilm) in 2022.

Star Wars Author

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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 published by DK in 2021.

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.

More recently I have served on the Imperial War Museum’s advisory board for their forthcoming War Games exhibition.

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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