I teach across the Geography degree programme at Nottingham, including:
- Political Geography (Module convenor)
- Exploring Human Geography
- Globalisation: Economy, Space and Power
- European Urban Geographies (Berlin field course)
- Research Tutorials
- First Year Tutorials
I am a historical and political geographer and my research intersects around three key themes:
Internationalism: I study the history of internationalist thought and practice. Most recently, this work has centred on the development of the international conference as the key space in which internationalism was devised and performed in the twentieth century. Here, as elsewhere, my focus has been on the perspectives of those who have been largely absent in traditional histories of internationalism (black activists, pacifists, etc.). This work has been the focus of an edited collection Placing Internationalism (Bloomsbury, 2021), a special issue of Political Geography, as well as articles in Transactions of the IBG and Political Geography.
Race: My work examines the geographies of race in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the United States. I'm interested in how race was constructed as a global category, including forms of pan-africanism and black internationalism, and the kinds of intellectual and political labour that this entailed. I've explored how the emergence of global governance, from the League of Nations onwards, was mobilised by black activists to challenge racism and colonialism. I've written on these topics in places such as the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Journal of American Studies and History Workshop Journal.
Archives: My work also reflects on the nature of historical research in geography. This has taken two forms. First, I'm interested in exploring the constitutive role played by archives in the development of both internationalism and race as geographical concepts. Second, I've explored how the practice of archival research in geography is being transformed by digital technologies. I have written about these topics in the Journal of Historical Geography and Area.
To date, this research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (2009-14), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2015-19; 2021), the Royal Geographical Society (2021) and the British Academy / Wolfson Foundation (2022-25). As part of my current project, I am working on a book-length account of how race relations were internationalised after the First World War.
I sit on the editorial board of Geography Compass, the academic advisory board of Nottingham Contemporary, co-ordinate the School's Urban Geography Research Hub, lead its Cultural and Historical Geography Research Theme, and I am Director the University's Urban Culture Network.