College: College of Humanities
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Medical History

I was formerly an undergraduate and postgraduate at the London School of Economics, awarded a scholarship from the Social Science Research Council.  I subsequently undertook independent research into classical, Arabic and mediaeval astrological knowledge/practice, whilst pursuing a career as a freelance astrological consultant/columnist for UK/European publications. Prior to joining Exeter University I was employed by the Sunday Mirror.  In 2007 I was assisted by a grant from the Urania Trust for writing Horary Astrology Re-Examined: The Possibility or Impossibility of the Matter Propounded, published in 2009.  A further grant was awarded in 2014 for studying an MA in History at Exeter University, where I graduated with distinction in 2016. I am currently a first year PhD student in receipt of a doctoral studentship from the Wellcome Trust, supervised by Professor Jonathan Barry and Dr Peter Elmer. My thesis is entitled: ‘Astrology is higher and nobler than medicine and every physician must be an astrologer’:  The Astrological Figure and the ‘Prognostical part of Physick’ c. 1580-1700.