I'm a historian of archaeology, the field sciences, and heritage. I examine the relationship of those disciplines, their practices, and their material vestiges with the modern and contemporary worlds, particularly across the Middle East and into South Asia.
I'm Lecturer in Heritage and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Essex, and prior to that was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of East Anglia. Among others, I have held fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the Max Weber Stiftung, and the European Commission. I held postdoctoral positions at the German Historical Institute London, the M.S. Merian - R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies in New Delhi, and the European University Institute in Florence, and was an Honorary Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Archaeoloy from 2017-19.
I hold an AHRC-funded PhD (2014) in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge, and during my doctoral research held a fellowship at the American Universty in Cairo. I have earlier degrees in archaeology from the UCL Institute of Archaeology, and twice spent long summers at the Middlebury College language schools in Vermont (Arabic and German). I have worked in archaeology and heritage in the UK and Egypt, and have taught undergraduates and postgraduates at Cambridge, the European University Institute, UCL, and UEA.
I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in May 2023. I live in London.