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Steering Committee Biographies


Maggie AndrewsMaggie Andrews is a cultural historian of twentieth century Britain who has been teaching in higher, further, and adult education for over twenty years and is now Associate Head of the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts at the University of Worcester, where she also teaches women’s history.  An active member of Women’s History Network in the Midlands region, she has since 2008, has worked with the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) and Nottingham University to convene a series of seminars on Remembrance, Commemoration and Memorials in Contemporary Culture. These seminars, which were funded by the Royal British Legion, have led to a jointly edited book, Lest We Forget: Remembrance and Commemoration, and a special remembrance edition of the Journal of War and Culture Studies. She has also instigated annual WHN (Midlands region)  day conferences at the NMA on themes related to women and war. Maggie  has a particular interest in the relationship between domesticity and women and is the author of The Acceptable Face of Feminism (Lawrence and Wishart 1997) a feminist history of the Women’s Institute movement, and most recently of Domesticating the Airwaves: Broadcasting, Domesticity and Femininity (Continuum 2012).  She is co-editor of All the World and Her Husband (Cassell 2000) a collections of essays exploring women’s relationship with consumer culture in the twentieth century and currently working on an edited collection on the relationship between media and women’s history for Routledge and a book on women and World War Two evacuation for Bloomsbury Academic.

Jane Berney studied history at Manchester University, graduating in 1984. She then qualified as a chartered accountant, working for one of the big four accountancy firms as an auditor in the Banking Sector, mainly in London but also 3 years in the Netherlands and 2 years in Cambridge. While living in Hong Kong she completed an MA in Public and Comparative History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2005/6) which led to her starting a PhD at the University of Hong Kong (2007/8). This was interrupted when her family were moved back to the UK in 2008. In 2009 she restarted her PhD on a full time basis at the Open University and expects to complete it by October 2011. Her main interest has always been in social history and in particular how certain groups within society negotiate with authority. Her current research is on the implementation and working of the Contagious Diseases Ordinances (CDOs) in nineteenth century Hong Kong.

gbnLucy Bland taught women’s studies and then history, including running the MA in Modern British Women’s History, at London Metropolitan University/University of North London/Polytechnic of North London for many years. She recently took voluntary redundancy (they closed history!). She has written widely on the history of feminism, gender and sexuality, including Banishing the Beast: English Feminism and Sexual Morality, 1885-1914 (1995, 2nd edition, 2002), and two books with Laura Doan\; Sexology in Culture: Labelling Bodies and Desires and a sourcebook Sexology Uncensored: the Documents of Sexual Science (both 1998).  Her forthcoming book Modern Women on Trial: Sexual Transgression in the Age of the Flapper is due out in 2013, published by Manchester University Press. She is routinely contacted for expert advice and/or participation in radio and TV programmes on topics in her research fields. For example, she recently acted as historical advisor and interviewer for a 3 part BBC2 series on mixed race people in twentieth century Britain entitled Mixed Britannia, which was broadcast, to great acclaim, in October last year. She was Principal Investigator for a Leverhulme funded project on ‘Identifying the Parameters of the Women’s Liberation Movement, 1970s and ‘80s’ in 2008-09 (working with the Women’s Library), and was on the editorial collective of Feminist Review 1997-2011. She was the main organiser of the WHN annual conference in September 2011. She is currently a visiting senior research fellow in history at King’s College London, but is looking for a permanent post. Her new project is a history of adoption in Britain, 1926 to the present.

Sue Bruley is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth, teaching modern British and European History and specialising in women’s/gender history and oral history. Most important publications: The Women and Men of 1926, A Social and Gender History of the General Strike and Miners' Lockout in South Wales  2010, paperback 2011; Ed. Working for Victory, A Diary of Life in a Second World War Factory 2001 paperback 2011; Women in Britain Since 1900 1999 hardback and paperback; Leninism, Stalinism and the Women's Movement in Britain 1929-39 1980, to be reissued as Routledge 'key work' Sept. 2012. I am also an ex – WLM activist, co-author and contributor to No Turning Back, Writings from the Women’s Liberation Movement  1975-80, 1981. I have a proven ability to speak to non academic audiences. For example the paperback edition of Working for Victory was given top rating as a teaching resource in the Times Higher Education Supplement (1.10.10).  I am also an ex – WLM activist, co-author and contributor to No Turning Back, Writings from the Women’s Liberation Movement  1975-80 1981. I was convenor of the London Feminist History Group in the late 1970s and also  contribute to its successor the Institute of Historical Research ‘Women's History Seminar’. I am a member of the Oral History Society, the Social History Society and the International Oral History Association. I have been a fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 2007. My current research is on the women's liberation movement. I have a book proposal currently under review with I.B.Tauris; Women’s Liberation and Personal Life, the Politics of Experience in Britain 1968-82.  I have an article on women's liberation forthcoming in Women's History Review. 

barbara bushBarbara Bush is an Emeritus Professor of History at Sheffield Hallam University and is a member of the editorial board of Women's History Review. She has lived in Canada and the Caribbean and published widely in the area of Caribbean slavery and more recently, race, gender and empire. Key publications include Slave Women in Caribbean Society, 1650-1838 (Oxford, 1990), ‘Gender and Empire: The Twentieth Century’ in ed. Philippa Levine, Gender and Empire, (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Imperialism and Postcolonialism (London, 2006). She has also had considerable experience as academic consultant for documentaries on race and slavery for Channel 4, BBC2 and Radio 4.

Tanya CheadleTanya Cheadle is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of Glasgow on her thesis entitled A Very Scottish Sexual Anarchy: Sexuality and Gender in Fin de Siècle Urban Scotland. This entails an exploration of the lives and cultural productions of a loose network of men and women living in Edinburgh and Glasgow between 1880 and 1900, who were intent on challenging contemporary sexual and gender norms during the unsettled transitional period between Victorianism and Modernism, at a locale removed from the perceived cultural epicenter of London. Prior to this, Tanya was a television director, working first for the BBC in London, before moving to Scotland as the filmmaker on Castaway 2000, living on the island of Taransay for a year. She subsequently settled in Scotland, making history documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4, including several films for a series called 'Days That Shook the World', which used dramatic reconstruction to retell key events in history. She therefore brings to the committee knowledge of working within the media, as well as experience of organizing national and international events to tight deadlines. She returned to academia as a mature student in 2006, focusing on women's and gender history during her masters and writing her dissertation on a scandal at a Glasgow music hall in 1875.

kmKate Murphy has been a member of WHN since its inception.  She recently left the BBC, after 24 years, where she spent most of her career as a producer on Radio Four's Woman's Hour.  She joined the programme in 1993, becoming Senior Producer in 1998.  During this time, she produced hundreds of interviews and discussions on women's history, in all its forms and covering most periods.  This included many special editions such as the programme that launched the Women's Library in January 2002, a live panel discussion on suffragettes/suffragists.  In 2011 she gained her PhD at Goldsmith:  "On an Equal Footing with Men?" Women and Work at the BBC, 1923-1939, was supervised by Professor Sally Alexander.  Kate has written widely on women's history, for example, she wrote the Women's History Time-Line, part of the Woman's Hour web-page, and in 1990, Woman's Press/ Livewire published Firsts: British Women Achievers (republished 2001).

Laura Sandy is Lecturer in American History at Keele University and a scholar of North America and the Atlantic world, with particular interests in race, gender and slavery. Her most recent published work has focused on the wives and families of plantation overseers in colonial Virginia and South Carolina, and has drawn on her wider research on the overseer himself, a figure reduced to a crude caricature in much current historiography and popular culture. He and his family, and their relationships with both their planter-employers and the fractious un-free workforce they managed, are the subject of her first monograph, due to be published by South Carolina Press. She is also interested in comparative approaches to women’s history; studies of slavery; people trafficking as a historic phenomenon and the histories of imperialism and colonial societies. In January 2011 she organised and hosted a colloquium embracing these latter themes, "The Organiser and the Victim: Power Relationships in the Colonial World" and will be co-editing the publication of papers from this event in a special edition of Colonialism and Colonial History. She is committed to maintaining the link between the archive and the classroom and has thus an especial interest in pedagogy. As an active member of the North America History Teachers Network she organised and chaired their second annual workshop in March this year, a wide-ranging event that covered topics as diverse as podcasting; promoting graduate employability and trans-Atlantic perspectives on the undergraduate experience. She hopes, in the future, to  be able to play an active role in defending what is best in British higher education - excellent individual and small group support for students; the organic link between teaching and research- in an increasingly challenging environment and to promote the discipline of history, in all its myriad forms and sub-disciplines, as an intellectual endeavour as fit for the twenty-first century as it has been for the preceding twenty.

Jocelynne A ScuttJocelynne A. Scutt is a Barrister & Human Rights Lawyer, filmmaker and historian. Her SJD (Doctor of the Science of Jurisprudence), conferred by the University of Michigan, covered 'Substantive and Evidentiary Issues of Consent in Rape'. Her PhD, through the University of New South Wales, dealt with 'Wage Rage - The Struggle for Equal Pay & Pay Equity in Australia from the Late 19th Century through to 21st Century'. In addition to her substantial legal practice,mainly in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, she taught international human rights law and international public law at the University of New England and Women's & Gender Studies at the University of New South Wales. After serving as a Judge and Judge of Appeal in Fiji, she completed an MA in Independent Film, Video & New Screen Media at the University of East London, and is presently Visiting Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge.Jocelynne has wide experience in media and communications, runs an active FaceBook page with political content, websites for WWAFE and www.theburqahdebates.com/ and has made short films in Australia & the UK, including interviews and a DVD installation 'Covered'. In addition to her MA she has completed courses with AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School) and NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art).

Imaobong D UmorenImaobong. D. Umoren is a first year DPhil history student conducting research on a group of African diasporic women activist-intellectuals including Amy Jacques Garvey, Una Marson, Paulette Nardal, Zora Neale Hurston and Eslanda Robeson. My research explores the connections between the women's transnational travel and thought regarding gender, imperialism and the African diaspora and how this changed between the mid 1920s to the early 1950s. My other research interests include twentieth century Black British history. Currently, i am one of the convenors of the Gender and History in the Americas seminar at the Institute of Historical Research.

Flora Wilson has joined the Steering committee as our Schools Liaison Officer. Flora has been teaching History in and around London comprehensives for five years. Before that, she did a stint at the Institute of Education Students’ Union, as President with responsibility for Academic Affairs. Her PGCE was at the IoE, after her first degree at Cambridge, mostly in medieval History. She is proud to have studied at Newnham. Unfortunately, she is less proud of her record at integrating women’s history into the curricula of the schools in which she has taught – which is why she is thrilled to be involved now in the WHN, and hopes to be able to change both her record, and that of many schools around the country. Watch this space!

Aurelia AnnatAurelia Annat Since 2007 I have been employed by Trinity College Oxford as a Fixed-term Stipendiary Lecturer in Modern British History, but I have been teaching for Oxford Colleges both for the History BA and the Visiting Student programmes since 2005. I teach the outline papers: Britain 1815-1924, and Britain 1900 to the present; I also teach specialist papers on Ireland 1870-1922, British Twentieth Century Social History, and theoretical and historiographical papers, especially those on Gender History. I have also devised courses for Visiting Students on Victorian Social and Intellectual history, and (most recently, for the Hertford College Princeton Exchange Programme) on British political history 1800-2000. My interests lie in cultural and social history, so I tend to interpret 'politics' quite broadly. As part of my college role, I have had various pastoral roles including temporary organising tutor for History at Trinity in 2009, and I am currently Tutor for the Second Year Undergraduates. 

I completed my DPhil on “Imaginable Nations: Constructions of History and Identity and the Contribution of Selected Irish Women Writers 1891 -1945” in 2010, under the supervision of Professor Roy Foster. Since then I have worked as a research assistant for Dr Michael Biggs on a project on 'Hunger Strikes by Suffragettes and Irish Republicans, 1909-1923', under the auspices of the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. I am currently in the early stages of  a project exploring homosexual teenage identity in 1980s Britain.

Before starting my academic career, I trained as a Secondary School History Teacher and then took up administrative work in academic funding, initially for the Arts and Humanities Research Board, where I worked in various posts between 1998 and 2001, and then for the British Academy between 2001 and 2003 as Assistant Secretary for Overseas Institutes and Societies. In these administrative roles I was responsible for overseeing large budgets.

Gillian Beattie-Smith lectures in English in Edinburgh, at The Open University and The University of the Highlands and Islands, where she is engaged in research on women’s identity in their travel literature about Scotland in the nineteenth century. Her research focuses on women’s identity in confessional genre writing of the nineteenth century and she has written papers on Dorothy Wordsworth, Elizabeth Grant, Anne Grant and Sarah Hazlitt,  her article on whom was published earlier this year in Women’s History Review. Gillian’s earlier research and published work is in the field of education and she has thirteen years’ experience as an educational consultant.  In addition to her lecturing and research, she now runs continuing professional development days for lecturers, particularly in online and blended learning.  She has organised and raised the funding for several major conferences, including one for the UK presidency of the EU.  The academic world is Gillian’s second career:  her first was in investment finance. She has an MA(Distinction) in Highlands and Islands literature and is currently working on a PhD  at the University of the Highlands and Islands on  women’s identity in their nineteenth-century travel writing about Scotland.  She has a PGC (Social Sciences) focusing on the creation of identity, a PGC in Educational Development (Blended and Online), a  BA (First Class Honours) in English  and a B Ed (Dunelm).

Melissa Ono-GeorgeMeleisa Ono-George obtained both an undergraduate honours degree and a master’s degree in history from the University of Victoria.  In 2010 she completed her masters thesis, “The Planter’s Fictions: Identity, Intimacy, and the Negotiations of Power in Colonial Jamaica”, under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Vibert.  Her thesis explored the intimate relationship between a wealthy white planter and his mixed-race mistress. Since 2011, she has been pursuing a Ph.D in history at the University of Warwick in England under the supervision of Dr. David Lambert and Dr. Gad Heuman. Her research focuses on both the discourses and practices of prostitution and what the colonial state regarded as ‘troubling’ female sexuality in Jamaica between 1780 and 1890. Like her previous research, her current project is concerned with ideas of race, sexuality, gender and, more broadly, the ways in which the colonial state attempted to control and regulate intimate relationships and female bodies. Besides the organizational skills required to pursue a doctorate, she  has years of administrative and organizational experience both within academia and within the larger community. Prior to pursuing a degree in history, she spent two years completing a community worker diploma and was involved with community organizations in Toronto. She also gained experience organizing various academic events.

Rachel Rich. I am a senior lecturer in modern European history at Leeds Metropolitan University, where I teach on a wide range of European and wider world topics. My research focuses on gender in the European middle classes, particularly in France and England. I have researched on the history of food and eating in the nineteenth century, looking at dietary advice aimed at men and women, and have published on the domestic interior and in particular the gendering of the dining room.  In 2011 I published Bourgeois Consumption: Food, Space and Identity in London and Paris, 1850-1914 (MUP) in which I argue for the existence of a transnational bourgeois identity which can be discerned through eating habits and the organisation of domestic and commercial spaces. My current research explores theses of time and timekeeping, looking in particular at the role of women in keeping family time. I am interested in how the passage of time was experienced in the nineteenth-century, and especially in the ways in which women’s roles enabled them to experience different timescapes, such as linear ‘clock time’ but also the more cyclical time of the season, as experienced through shopping for and preparing different food at various times of the year.





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