Teaching

Current teaching

I teach early modern history, historiography and public history topics to undergraduates and postgraduates at the University of Sheffield. For more information please visit our departmental website.

» University of Sheffield: Department of History


Genius and Tyranny: The Italian Renaissance and History

I taught a strand of Durham University's second-year historiography module, looking at approaches to and debates about the Italian Renaissance, in 2011-12.


Reformation Europe

I taught a 20-credit first-year module on Reformation Europe at Durham University in 2011-12


Emotions in history

In spring 2011 I co-taught a seminar on the history of emotions for EUI graduate students. This focused on the new historiography of emotions developed in the work of William Reddy and Barbara Rosenwein, among others, as well as the classic approaches of Lefebvre and Elias and case-studies from social and cultural history.


The Material World: Culture and Environment in the Last Millennium

I was a seminar tutor and led fieldwork trips for this Royal Holloway first-year undergraduate module in 2004-05. It drew on archaeology, historical geography and scientific analysis to explore a range of issues in environmental history and the study of material culture.


The Rich Tapestry of Life: Social and Cultural History of Europe 1500-1780

I was tutor on this first-year undergraduate survey module at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2004-05 and 2006-07, delivering seminars and marking both formative and assessed coursework.

Course description: "This course aims to provide students with a grounding in the key processes which had a major impact on the lives of early modern Europeans: from the new culture of religious reform and personal discipline to the strengthening of patriarchy, from the rise of consumerism to the intensification of social and geographical mobility. Students will be directed to some of the most exciting writing in the recent social and cultural history of early modern Europe, and introduced week by week, to analytic concepts (space, gender, status, identity, etc.) which are central to recent interpretations of this period of history. Finally, they will be acquainted with a range of primary source material. Topics covered will include: masculinity and femininity; privilege and protest; popular culture, magic and witchcraft; life and death; body and mind; new world and race. The course draws on material from both Continental Europe and England."

»  http://www.rhul.ac.uk/history/undergrad/undergrad_coursecatalogue.html#1108


Spies, Lies and Secrets: Henry’s Diplomats

This study day featured in the Hampton Court education programme in 2009 to mark 500 years since Henry VIII's accession. It drew on my own research to present to students the latest findings about Henrician diplomacy in a lively and accessible style.


Graduate Certificate in History

I acted as dissertation supervisor for this Birkbeck module during 2008-09. The module was designed for students returning after a break to embark on MA study, or converting to a history MA from a different undergraduate discipline. It covered a range of topics in historiography and skills for the study of history.


Exploring History: Medieval to Modern, 1400-1900


A 60 credit core course in history, taught at second-year undergraduate level for the Faculty of Arts, Open University (Southern Region), February 2008-October 2009. As Associate Lecturer I was responsible for correspondence and face-to-face tuition of a group of twenty students.

Description: "This course is a varied and wide-ranging introduction to historical study and will teach you the techniques of professional historians. It covers: fifteenth-century France, Burgundy and England during the Hundred Years’ War; the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century; the civil wars of the British Isles in the seventeenth century; slavery and serfdom in the Atlantic world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the development of nation states in western Europe following the French Revolution; and European imperialism in Africa. To ensure coherence and focus, the course is linked by common themes, enabling you to study a long chronological period."

»  http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/a200.htm


Hampton Court in Context: Politics and Culture in Tudor and Stuart England


A 15-credit module taught on-site at Hampton Court Palace and using the palace resources to explore the history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. As Sessional Lecturer I was responsible for syllabus and assessment design and all course teaching. Taught 2008-09 for the Faculty of Lifelong Learning, Birkbeck, University of London.


Early Modern Issues

I was a member of the teaching team for this core module on the Durham MA in Early Modern History in 2011-12, and also co-taught modules on early modern courts and on social history.


Hampton Court in Focus: the Palace and its People


A 15-credit module focusing on the history of Hampton Court Palace and its modern-day interpretation as a heritage site. As Sessional Lecturer I was responsible for syllabus and assessment design and all course teaching. Taught 2007-08 and 2008-09 for the Faculty of Lifelong Learning, Birkbeck, University of London.