History, University of Nottingham
I am a second-year PhD student in modern British history at the University of Nottingham, and my thesis is provisionally entitled ‘”Our poor, tired little island just cannot cope”: race, immigration and decline in the post-war Midlands, c.1958-1981’. In my research, I use several case studies drawn from the Midlands to examine how popular conceptions of ‘race’ and ‘decline’ in post-war Britain were intertwined. The concept of ‘decline’ was frequently invoked in popular and academic discourses in this period and necessarily relies on particular notions of both the past and the future, which often focused on immigration and were deeply racialised.
In October 2020 I co-founded the Contemporary Political History Seminar series with fellow PhD students in history and politics at the University of Nottingham. The co-founders of this series, along with M4C researchers at Coventry and Birmingham, are also organising a one-day conference for PGRs and early-career researchers, due to take place on 1st October 2021, on 'Change in the Postwar World'.
Since February 2021 I have been an assistant editor at the Midlands Historical Review, a student-run online journal.
I was a member of the 2021 M4C Digital Research Festival planning team, working with others in particular on the research relays component of the Festival.