About

I am a CHASE funded doctoral candidate based at the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS). I began my studies at the Open University before completing a BA in History at the University of Kent. Subsequently I completed an MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS). In 2016 I was granted a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate with MEMS.

At part of my CHASE studentship I completed a two-month funded placement at the National Archives. For my next project, also funded by CHASE, I will spend four months with ‘Up on the Downs’, a landscape-based Heritage Lottery Funded project based in the Dover District Area.

From September 2019 I will be a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research after receiving the Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellowship.

Education

University of Kent
2016-2020 Ph.D. Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Provisional Title: Corruption, Entropy, and Conflict: Institutional adaptation in pre-Black Death England (c.1307-1348). Supervisors: Professor Barbara Bombi and Dr Ryan Perry.

2015-2016 MA Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Distinction). Subject of thesis: ‘Corrupt Officials and Deprived Peasants: Governmental Malfeasance in Pre-Black Death Lincolnshire Countryside’. Awarded 72 (Distinction).

2012-2015 BA in History (First Class Honours). Subject of thesis: ‘Evolution not Revolution’: Towards an evolutionary approach to warfare in the British Isles in the First Scottish War of Independence. Awarded 68 (2:1). Nominated for Royal Historical Society History Scotland Award.

The Open University
2011-2012 AA100 – The Arts Past and Present – Awarded 80 (Distinction).

Projects

Thesis

My thesis is an investigation of corruption and anti-corruption processes within the development of English government institutions from 1307 to 1348. This work looks at the negotiation of centralised and devolved authority and how this authority, when subverted by corrupt actors, effected the crown and its subjects. Very little work has explored the role of corruption within the unfolding of state apparatus in this critical period and those that have are relatively brief. Following the failure of modern anti-corruption movements Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, a scholar of governance, and others have recently called upon historians to provide context specific studies of corruption processes.

Grants and Awards

2019-2020 Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellow

2017-2019 CHASE: £5,500 toward the organising of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Festival 2017-19.

2016-2020 AHRC CHASE DTP Ph.D. Studentship.

Conference Papers

July 2019 ‘Corruption, Entropy, and Crown Officials: England c. 1307-1344’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK.

May 2019 ‘Fleecing the System: English Crown Corruption in the Early Fourteenth Century’, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.

April 2019 ‘Signed, Sealed, Embezzled – Counterfeit Seals, Italian Merchants, and the Deception of the Crown’, Cross-Channel Exchanges in the Middle Ages, Ghent, Belgium.

July 2018 ‘Crisis, Corruption, Commissions of Oyer and Terminer: Institutional adaptation in the early Fourteenth Century’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK.

May 2018 ‘Crisis, Corruption, and Climate in pre-Black Death England’, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.

June 2017 ‘Lie, Cheat, Steal, Kill, Win: Anger, Sadness, and Corruption in Fourteenth Century England’, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Festival, The University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

May 2017 ‘Corrupt Officials and Deprived Peasants: Governmental Malfeasance in Pre-Black Death Lincolnshire’, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.

April 2017 ‘Governmental Malfeasance in Pre-Black Death Lincolnshire’ Borderlines XXI, Cork, Ireland.

June 2016 ‘Corrupt Crown Officials in Fourteenth Century Lincolnshire’, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Festival, The University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

Placements and Professional Activities

July 2019 Co-organised strand ‘Re-instituting the Institutions – new perspectives of Institutional Studies’ sponsored by the Pipe Roll Society at Leeds International Medieval Congress 2019.

May 2019 Organised a panel ‘Crisis, Corruption, and Entropy in England c. 1250-1450’ at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

February 2019 Delivered training in Referencing Management Software to library and IT Staff at the University of Kent.

February 2019 Established Digital Humanities Research Cluster at the University of Kent alongside the School of History and Information Services.

August 2018 Assisted with the delivery of workshop ‘Drawing Water’ at the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference – Cardiff, UK. In collaboration with Leah Fusco, (Royal College of Art), and Dr George Jaramillo, (Glasgow School of Arts).

July 2018-May 2019 Placement with ‘Up on the Downs’ a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership with Dover District Council to promote engagement with landscape and heritage within the Kent Downs.

July 2018 Recorded and delivered audio documentary ‘Northeye’ an artist’s exploration of a deserted Medieval village (exhibited in Dubai).

Mar. – May. 2018 Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Researcher at The National Archives, London. Outreach activities in the form of blogs, as well as contributing to on-going cataloguing work and educational activities.

Sep. 2017 – 2018 Seminar Leader

2017-2019 Co-organiser for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Summer Festival 2017, 2018, 2019 (100+ participants per year).

Sep. 2016-Sept. 2017 Course Representative Medieval and Early Modern Studies M.A at the University of Kent.

Memberships

Royal Historical Society (2017 – Present)

Medium Aevum (2017 – Present)

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