Nell is a crime historian, historical criminologist and freelance writer. She specialises in the involvement of women in crime from the 18th to the 20th centuries – as offenders, victims, and witnesses.

She has a PhD in the history of crime, and is an honorary research associate at Oxford Brookes University. She writes the Criminal Historian blog.

Nell is available to write features and contribute to television or radio productions on the subject of the history of crime. She has written two books on the history of crime – Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in the Cotswolds (2009), and Olde Cotswold Punishments (2011). Her latest book, Life On The Victorian Stage, was published in 2017.

Her work has appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, Oxford Times, Who Do You Think You Are?, Real Crime, All About History, Your Family History, and Runner’s World. She also contributes to bookazines from All About History, Real Crime, and Discover Your Ancestors, is a history columnist for the Stratford Herald, and also writes a monthly crime history feature for Discover Your Ancestors.

Nell was a finalist in the 2013 BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers scheme, has spoken about the history of crime on several BBC radio stations, and has acted as a historical advisor for television production companies.

She is a member of the Royal Historical Society, the British Society of Criminology, and the Society for Theatre Research.