My research focuses on the cultural history of seventeenth-century England, with particular interests in the following areas:
- History of madness and melancholia; madness and gender; madness in autobiographical writing
- Early modern subjectivity; memory and the self, especially in relation to self-writing
- Early modern witchcraft, with particular reference to historiography and the cultural meanings of witchcraft in later periods, including witchcraft and psychoanalysis
I also have a broad interest in work relating to history and memory, the history of the emotions, and history and psychoanalysis. I have published and edited work in all these areas.
As UEL Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, a partnership between UEL, Birkbeck University of London and Queen Mary University of London, I am one of the organisers of the international conference 'Radical Histories/ Histories of Radicalism', held in London, June 30-July 3 2016.
I am a convenor of two seminars at the Institute of Historical Research: 'Society, Culture and Belief, 1500-1800' and 'Psychoanalysis and History'.