Joe Moran, Ph.D., is a professor of English and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds and his MA and PhD at the University of Sussex. His books include Reading the Everyday (2005), Queuing for Beginners: The Story of Daily Life from Breakfast to Bedtime (2007), On Roads: A Hidden History (2009), and Armchair Nation: An Intimate History of Britain in Front of the TV (2013). He writes regularly for the Guardian, Times Higher Education, the New Statesman, and other publications. His most recent book is Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness (Yale University Press, February 2017).