Pro Vice Chancellor (Engagement) and Dean, Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.
Nineteenth century historian and Victorianist.
Author of The Dawn of the Cheap Press in Victorian Britain. The campaigns against the taxes on knowledge, 1849-1869 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), “Why the notion of Victorian Britain does make sense”, Victorian Studies, 48.3, (Spring 2006), 395-438, The Emergence of Stability in the Industrial City: Manchester 1832-67 (Scolar Press, 1996).
Editor of The Victorian World (Routledge, 2012), An Age of Equipoise? Reassessing mid-Victorian Britain, (Ashgate Publishing, 2000), and (with Robert Poole), The Diaries of Samuel Bamford, 1858-61 (Sutton Publishing, 2000).
Currently working on The Victorians for the Oxford University Press series, Very Short Introductions for publication in 2018.