Jonathan has benefited from travel throughout his own education, pursuing a year’s study abroad at the University of Amsterdam during a degree at the University of Edinburgh, and, following graduation in 2011, teaching in a secondary school in the South of France. As a result he is passionate about the principles underlying the Semester-at-Sea mission , combining the goals of intellectual development with the acquisition of a broader cultural awareness.
His current research addresses Thomas Hardy’s literary and non-literary writing in relation to nineteenth-century ideas about education and includes chapters on rural forms of knowledge, school architecture and gender. More generally,Jonathan is interested in the ways in which Victorian literature was informed by contemporary social and cultural issues. Finally, he advocates public engagement with research and works with the National Trust to widen appreciation of Hardy’s work in South West England.