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Biography

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 and postcolonial history of West-Middle East conflict, 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 a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the EUI. In connection with this work, I  co-edited with Ben Gidley, Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe: A Shared Story? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and am editor of a journal special-issue for Ethnic and Racial Studies based on the ErRS symposium ‘Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of a Global Order‘. 

At the Robert Schuman Centre, I am working on the United Nations and international terrorism, and am Academic Advisor for the world’s first magazine bringing academic expertise on racism to public debate: MONITOR Global Intelligence on Racism.

In the UK, I am Reader in History 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.

I have published in openDemocracy, Ha’aretz, The Conversation (Australia, UK, and France), and Middle East Monitor, interviewed for taz. die tageszeitung, Deutsche Welle,  and 
Jüdische Allgemeine , and have featured in programmes on Al Jazeera Television, BBC Radio 4, Deutschlandfunk Kultur  and the Yesterday Channel.

With regard to policy communities, I work with both political and non-governmental organisations.