I am currently an Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford, where I am working as a research assistant to Michael Crick on the official biography of the psephologist David Butler. I also work on assorted freelance journalistic projects in print and on television, in addition to my own academic research, and occasional consultancy work around transparency and accountability.
I grew up in several countries, including Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Switzerland, before settling in Britain. For several years of my childhood I was self-taught rather than in formal education, before I attended my local state comprehensive, Fortismere. I then read my first degree in History and Politics at Clare College, Cambridge (2003-6), before working as a researcher in the House of Commons (2006-7), and at the Leadership Centre (full-time 2007-8; part-time 2008-10), where I worked closely with senior politicians in all three main parties. Since 2014, I have returned to the Leadership Centre on a part-time basis as an external contractor, focussing on editing their publications.
My MA in Modern History was completed at King’s College, London (2008-9), securing the top mark in my year and winning the Jinty Nelson Prize in History for my dissertation, which was on Winston Churchill’s 1922 election defeat at Dundee and its ramifications for our understanding of British political realignment in the 1920s.
I took a PhD at the University of Warwick on the 19th century political impact of London clubs, supported by a scholarship from the History of Parliament Trust, whilst being jointly supervised by both institutions (2010-4). A reworked version of the thesis was published as a book, Club Government, published by I.B. Tauris in 2018.
I am bilingual (my first language was French), and hold dual British and Swiss citizenship.
In my spare time, I am Honorary Librarian of the National Liberal Club in London, where I am responsible for curating the club’s unique collection of rare British political literature, and where I also sit on a number of the club’s committees. I am on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Liberal History.