I am a historian of British Radicalism and its combative relationship with the East India Company in the first half of the nineteenth century. My research currently focuses on a network of Radicals in Britain and India who sought to end Company rule and establish a form of participatory government in colonial India.
My wider interests include, the intellectual history of the British Empire, print culture and pamphleteering, party politics during the 'Age of Reform', British reactions to Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, and social conditions during the Industrial Revolution. My research seeks to redefine our understanding of empire in India during the early nineteenth century. It does so by focussing on the primacy of politics and the war of words which erupted over the future of British India between Tories, Whigs and Radicals.
I was curator of Writing the History of the Raj, a collaborative exhibition with the Bodleian Library on James Mill's History of British India . I have also contributed to the National Trust's Trusted Source Knowledge Transfer Partnership, and written for the Conversation, as well as providing occasional administrative support for TORCH.