Having studied in Glasgow, Toulouse, Zaragoza and Lisbon, and taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Caen, Aston (1984-90) and Warwick (1990-2009), I returned to take up the Chair of French at Aston in 2010. My teaching has covered a range of subjects and periods, from 18 th -century thought to contemporary history and politics. I have examined doctoral theses on politics and on literature, and supervised doctoral and masters theses on French national identity, the Algerian War, Gaullism, the Socialist Party, the Mitterrand presidency, presidentialism in the Fifth Republic, political activism of francophone Muslim women, and the inter-war far-right press. I place a strong emphasis on the quality of my teaching and, while at Warwick, won an award of £5,000 in recognition of inspiring and innovative teaching.
LF1025 France since the Revolution
LF1028 France since the Revolution 1
LF1029 France since the Revolution 2
LF2009 Conflict and Consensus in French Society
LF3006 Vichy France
LF3203 French Research Dissertation
LP3030 Europe's Far Right
I have published on: aspects of 18th- and early 19th-century French literature and thought; Vichy France; Poujadism; Gaullism; issues of nationalism, anti-Semitism, immigration policy; French elections; and in particular the Front National and wider extreme right, with a 200,000-word book on the extreme right in France since the Vichy regime.
My research has attracted funding awards from the British Academy, Nuffield Foundation, Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Carnegie Trust. In 2007, I won the American Political Science Association's Stanley Hoffmann Award for the best article on French politics across anglophone political studies (‘Political Representation in France: A Crisis of Democracy?’ Parliamentary Affairs 59 (1) 2006) – selected from 223 articles in 112 journals across 22 countries, with a prize of $2,000 presented jointly by APSA and Sciences-Po Paris in Chicago.
Elected to Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), 2011
Fellow of Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), elected 2010
Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), elected 2007
Member of AHRC Peer Review College, 2010-14
Chair of American Political Science Association's Georges Lavau Award Committee, 2007-08 (international panel to select the best doctoral thesis on French politics 2005-08)
Member of Editorial Boards of French Politics, Culture and Society and Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, and Advisory Board of ‘Explorations of the Far Right’ book series (Ibidem-Verlag)
Referee (recently) for: Parliamentary Affairs; Government and Opposition; French Politics; Modern and Contemporary France; French Politics, Culture and Society
Political Studies Association (PSA)
American Political Science Association (APSA)
American Historical Association (AHA)
Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF)
I have taken part in over 200 interviews, discussions, debates and documentaries for British, French, American, Canadian, Australian and other broadcast and print media in relation to my work on politics. These include:
National TV and radio appearances include interviews by Sarah Montague, Carolyn Quinn, Jonathan Charles, David Eades, Clive Myrie, Richard Bacon, Zeinad Badawi, Declan Curry, Kirsty Lang, Edwina Currie and Amanda Platell.
and online articles: