Born in Lancashire, I grew up in Wales and live in north London and York. Since my DPhil (York) in 2000, I have researched and lectured at many UK universities, including York, University College London, Lancaster, Manchester, and Queen Mary University of London, where I co-founded the Centre for the History of Emotions. I have published extensively in the histories of emotion, medicine, gender and the body.
I have also worked at a senior level in funding, as Head of Philanthropy for the Arcadia Fund, and Acting Head of Medical Humanities Grants for the Wellcome Trust, and as a freelance writer and consultant for charities, universities and organisations like the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
In 2019 I became one of the first UK Research and Innovation Future Fellows, to undertake critical research into the emotional history and ethics of face transplants. This is an interdisciplinary project, involving extended surgical teams, ethicists, historians, artists, people living with facial difference and transplant recipients, which will help shape scholarly and public understandings of surgical innovation and emotional bodies.