I am Associate Professor of History, specialising in the history of crime, policing, punishment and marriage in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. I established, and edit, the book series Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice. My key teaching interests include criminal justice history, British history, and the history of leisure and sport. As chief investigator (project leader), I have attracted $430,000 in competitive research income, including grants from the Australian Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the Carnegie Trust (UK). My co-authored (with Susan Broomhall) two-volume monograph, Police Courts in Nineteenth-Century Scotland (Ashgate) won the 2017 Frank Watson prize for best book in Scottish history. My first monograph, Police in the Age of Improvement: Police Development and the Civic Tradition in Scotland, 1775-1865 (Willan Publishing, 2008/Routledge, 2012) was awarded ‘best first book’ in Scottish history by the Frank Watson Book Prize Committee.
Associate Professor/Researcher with expertise in nineteenth-century urban history, Scottish history and criminal justice history.
Media representations of police and judicial practices; marriage affinity.
As chief investigator, I have attracted $430,000 in competitive research income, including grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the Carnegie Trust (UK), and the Australian Research Council. Externally-funded grants awarded include:
• 2013 to 2015: $155,000 from the Australian Research Council for project entitled ‘Prosecution, Punishment and the Printed Word in Enlightenment Scotland, c.1747-1815’ (with partner investigator Professor Robert B. Shoemaker). Reference: DP130104804.
• 2006 to 2007: £62,724 (or at the time of the award, 2.45 currency ratio, of $153,673) from the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK for a project entitled ‘The Origins and Development of Police in Scotland and its Impact upon Urban Governance, 1799-1859’ (Reference: RES-000-22-1758).
• 1997 to 2000: Postgraduate Studentship from the Economic and Social Research Council, UK (R00429734381). Approximately $25,000 per year.
Competitive university awards include:
• 2013: $17,400 from The University of Western Australia (Teaching Relief Award).
• 2010: $30,000 from The University of Western Australia (Research Development Award).
Palgrave Histories of Policing
Punishment and Justice
The Scottish High Court in the eighteenth and early nineteenth-centuries; media representations of policing; marriage with a deceased wife’s sister.
Police governance and accountability
• HIST1002: 'The Making of the Modern World, 1789-2000'
• HIST2011 ‘From “Glorious Revolution” to Industrial Revolution: Making Britain 1688–1888’
• HIST3007 ‘Crime and Punishment in Britain 1600–1900’
• HIST: Nationalism and History
• HIST: The History of Sport and Celebrity
Awarded Doctoral Theses Supervised:
• Ben Sacks, “'Purely of their own manufacture': The adoption and appropriation of cricket in Samoa, c. 1879-1939 (2017) (with Jeremy Martens, principal supervisor)
• Anita Fairney, ‘Jacobite Scotswomen’s Roles, Identities and Agency in Scottish Politics, 1688-1788’ (2016)
• Chris Owen, ‘“Weather Hot, Flies…” Police in the Kimberley District, 1883-1905’ (2014) (with Charlie Fox and Andrea Gaynor)
• Margaret Dorey, ‘“Poison in the pot”: English concerns about food purity and regulation c. 1500-1800’ (2011) (with Stephanie Tarbin and Phillipa Maddern)
Current PhD Supervision:
• Kelly-Ann Couzens, ‘Medicine on Trial: A Critical Analysis of Medical Testimony and Medical Expertise in the Scottish High Court of Justiciary, c.1820s-c.1890s’ (with Catherine Kelly).
• Paul Nuckley, ‘Representations of the Devil in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century England and Scotland’.
My research interests include: eighteenth- and nineteenth-century criminal justice history, marriage affinity, British history and Scottish history; leisure and recreation; urban history; and the history of masculinity.