I am a BBC New Generation Thinker 2016 (about the scheme), and there is an interview with me by the AHRC here.

I’ve spoken on local, national and international radio, in English and German, and on TV. I am usually happy to talk about quirky issues in cultural history (from the eighteenth century onwards), Germany and German History, and Switzerland for a general audience.



Heir Hunters, interview on the history of the hairdresser, 7 March 2017, 11am, here.


History of the Hairdresser

An essay for Radio 3, recorded live at the Southbank Centre, “The Rise and Fall of the Hairdresser”, 15 minutes and available here.

You can listen to my interview on the worldwide morning show Newsday on #coiffeurgate and President Hollande’s hairdresser here.

You can listen to my interview about concentration camp barbers, hair and the Holocaust on Radio 3’s Free Thinking here.

3 further “talking head” appearances in English: A Radio 3 broadcast from the Hay Festival, where I talk about my hairdresser project more broadly, is here. I have also been interviewed about my hairdresser research by BBC Radio Sheffield here, and for a 30-minute slot on Resonance FM (listen here).

I have been interviewed in German for the Swiss national radio station about Swiss aspects of the cultural history of hairdressing: SRF2, here (from 12’15”).


Intellectual History

My essay and interview on Nietzsche and higher education for BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking is available here.

I’ll be contributing to BBC Prom Extra’s event on “Sentimentality” on 2 August 2017.


Online Videos




A video for BBC Arts is in production.

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