I am interested in the history of race, particularly antisemitism and Islamophobia, empire, and the intellectual history of global politics. My work is focused on the colonial history of the systemic conflict inherent in the West-Middle East relationship, and the intersection of ideas and power that sustain it.
My first book was a new history of the Balfour Declaration: The Zionist Masquerade: The Birth of the Anglo-Zionist Alliance, 1914-1918 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). This book re-assessed the origins and historical significance of the Declaration by locating it within the Great War’s global politics of race and nationalism.
I am currently writing a monograph on the British imperial idea of the Middle East and its consequences, for which I was awarded an AHRC Early Career Fellowship and my current Fellowship at the EUI. In connection with this work, I am co-editing with Ben Gidley, Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe: A Shared Story? (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). I am also editing a journal special-issue based on the ErRS symposium ‘Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of a Global Order‘.
In the UK, I am Reader in History and Chair of the Ethnicity, Race, and Racism Seminar at Edge Hill University. Outside of Edge Hill, I am a member of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership, and the executive committee of the British Association for Jewish Studies.
With regard to policy communities, I work with both political and non-governmental organisations.