Mark studied for his MA and PhD degrees at the University of Exeter between 2000 and 2005. This was followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship (The Postan Fellowship) funded by the Economic History Society. Mark was based at the Cambridge Group for the Study of Population and Social Structure during this year.
After a few years teaching on a part-time basis Mark was appointed Associate Research Fellow on a British Academy small grant project and a three-year AHRC research project, both of which were focused on the masculine identities of landed gentry men.
Mark was appointed postdoctoral research assistant on the project ‘Consumption and the country house’ here at Northampton with Professor Jon Stobart in April 2010. He was then appointed Lecturer in History in September 2011 and Senior Lecturer in History August 2012.