I graduated with a BA Honours in English Literature & History from the University of Lancaster, from where I also gained a Masters in Historical Research, specialising in social and cultural history. In 2010 I earned a PhD from the University of London (Institute of Historical Research), having completed a thesis funded by the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Scheme, which allowed me to work with the British Postal Museum & Archive (now The Postal Museum). I have worked at the University of Westminster since 2007.
My work centres on questions around women's employment, feminism, and women in public life in the late 19th and 20th centuries. I am also interested in representations of women in popular culture and have published on aspects of women in magazines and periodicals in the twentieth century.
In 2016 my monograph Gender, Rhetoric and Regulation: women's work in the Civil Service and the London County Council 1900-55 was published by Manchester University Press. I am now working on a book project on the marriage bar and social and cultural debates about married women's paid work, c.1870-1960.