My research focuses on the intellectual and emotional history of British socialism between the years 1880 and 1930. This period saw the proliferation and decline of deeply emotional and ethical arguments for socialist causes, often rooted in Christian beliefs, idealist philosophies and organicist conceptions of social harmony. This language also often broadened the horizons of what was typically considered as falling under the project of 'socialism', such as homosexual liberation, female empowerment, vegetarianism, and a concern for the natural environment and its preservation. I am particularly interested in the philosophical and theoretical limitations of the moral universalism which underpinned this language, especially through its encounter with secularisation, the 'crisis of reason' and various strands of twentieth century modernism.
I am also the Secretary of the Oxford History Graduate Network.