Simon holds a BA in Fine Art and MA in Visual Culture. His PhD thesis – supervised by Prof. Michael White – is on Francis Picabia and the representation of Spain. The thesis address topics of Spanish identity, the representation of the Spanish Civil War, and the cultural politics of interwar France. Simon’s general interests are in twentieth-century art history, with particular emphasis on Dada and its legacies; the Return to Order and reactionary modernism; the intersection of high art and mass culture; and the relationship between art, society and politics. His research has been published in the journal Dada/Surrealism and the exhibition catalogue Picasso-Picabia: la peinture au défi.