Naomi studied for her BA (Hons.) in History at King’s College London, before moving to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, to take an MPhil in Historical Studies. She returned to King’s for her PhD studies; her Doctorate was awarded in June 2019. In January 2020, Naomi was awarded a King’s Elsevier Doctoral Studies Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis. Naomi has been a Lecturer at Hertford since September 2017.
Naomi teaches across the modern British and European papers, and on the Historiography and Disciplines courses, and also supervises undergraduate dissertations.
Naomi’s research interests lie predominantly in nineteenth-century political culture, organisation and language, and in nationalism and national identity, in Britain and Ireland. Her PhD thesis explored grassroots reactions in England, Scotland and Wales to proposals for an Irish parliament, and was concerned with both the scale and spread of such responses and with the organisations and discourses through which the Home Rule crisis was mediated. Naomi approaches ‘British’ history from a multi-nation perspective, and has written about the need for polycentric narratives of the United Kingdom. Naomi is also interested in how historians can use quantitative techniques in their research, and in particular in the benefits of such methods for the study of political mobilisation and electoral politics.
‘The 1892 General Election in England: Home Rule, the Newcastle Programme and Positive Unionism’, Historical Research (forthcoming, accepted February 2019)
‘A New Plea for an Old Subject? Four Nations History for the Modern Period’, with M.M. Scull, in Four Nations Approaches to Modern ‘British’ History: A (Dis)United Kingdom?, co-edited with Scull (Palgrave, 2017), pp. 3-31
‘Liberal Unionism and political representation in Wales, c. 1886-1893’, Historical Research, vol. 88, issue 241 (August 2015), pp. 482-507
‘Liberalism, Scottish Nationalism and the Home Rule Crisis, c. 1886-93’, English Historical Review, vol. 129, issue 539 (August 2014), pp.862-887. Winner of the Royal Historical Society 2015 David Berry Prize for best essay in Scottish History.