Alex Baines received a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford in 2012 and an MA in Text and Performance from Birkbeck, University of London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2014. His research interests are focused on reconstructed, repurposed, and historically-informed aesthetic spaces and their capacity to function effectively as centres of education and community engagement. He is also interested in the transnational exportation of British history and ‘Britishness’ through popular culture and theatre and drama. He has lived and worked as an educator and theatre maker in various places around the world including Cambridge (UK), Moscow, rural south-west England, and Shanghai. Alex is affiliated with the British Studies cluster and is the recipient of a Mellon Interdisciplinary Cluster Fellowship.