Tom returned home to the UK in June 2016 after spending seven years in the American South. During his time in the US, Tom studied at Young Harris College in the southern Appalachian Mountains. While he earned a BA in History, Tom represented Young Harris College in NCAA soccer. After graduating, he spent a year banking in Athens, GA, before relocating to the University of Alabama to teach undergraduates and complete a MA in History. His own experiences living in America fostered his research into Anglo-American relations, and reinforced his passion for international education.