Born in Lancashire, I grew up in Wales and live in north London and York. Since my DPhil (York) I have researched and lectured at 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 on 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, 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. You can find out more about this project in this two minute video