I am an interdisciplinary scholar with expertise in cultural heritage, as well as on the role of the past in the production of power, identity, and sense of place. I grew up in the Isle of Man and was educated there, later becoming a student at the University of Southampton, where I obtained a BA (Hons) in Archaeology. I stayed at Southampton for my PhD, which focused on archaeology, ethnicity and the modern nation-state under the supervision of the late Professor Peter Ucko. Following copletion of my PhD, I was appointed to a 3-year post-doctoral position at the Parkes Centre for the Study of Jewish - non-Jewish Relations (1994-1996). In 1997, I held a visiting lectureship at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil (funded by the São Paulo State Research Council and the British Council), where I worked with Professor Pedro Funari. On my return I briefly worked for the Council for British Archaeology. I was appointed at the University of Manchester in 1998, where I remained until April 2016. I have presented lectures and papers around the world (including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Latvia, Turkey, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark). I have served on the council of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and was a Trustee for the Council for British Archaeology between 2006 and 2015. Currently I am a Trustee for Archaeology Scotland.