Social historian of magic and witchcraft
I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Exeter and a specialist in medieval and early modern magic. Spanning the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries, I am interested in the role magic and the supernatural has played in the everyday life, culture and politics of past societies.
I am part of the Leverhulme-funded Seven County Witch Hunt Project, investigating the people affected by the 1640s witch trials in eastern England.
My doctoral research explored the use of ‘service’ magic - practical spells sold by professional magicians - in premodern England. My first monograph, Love Spells and Lost Treasure: Service magic in England from the later Middle Ages to the early modern period, was published by Cambridge University Press in December 2022.
I have appeared on BBC Radio and TV discussing my work, and have written for print literature including The Conversation.