I am a cultural, religious, and intellectual historian of early modern Europe. Currently, I am Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Cardiff University. I arrived at Cardiff in January 2016, having previously taught at Balliol College (2011-2013) and New College (2013-2015), Oxford. After completing my undergraduate degree in The Netherlands, I spent most of my academic career in the United Kingdom, with visiting fellowships and studentships at Cornell, Princeton, and the Sorbonne.
At Cardiff, I have been my School's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead. I chaired the School's successful Athena SWAN application and organised a series of events promoting women's and LGBTQ history.
In my spare time, I love travelling. Every winter, you can find me hiking on one or more of the subtropical Canary Islands for a week. The El Teide National Park is a personal favourite. My favourite holiday was to India's Ladakh region, where watching the stars at night I finally understood how the Milky Way got its name.
I have become a bit of an amateur runner over the last few years. I started in 2016 with the NHS Couch to 5K podcast. Last October, I ran my first half-marathon.
In my youth, I was a bit of a tech wizard, taking my dad's computer apart and putting it back together again. Adapting HTML and CSS code for this website has been a fun trip down memory lane. (Thanks Colorlib!)