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Professor Mary Evans

Doctor of Letters

July 2015

Professor Mary Evans was first appointed to the University Kent in 1971, and since 2007 has been an Emeritus Professor at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. She is the London School of Economics Centennial Professor at the Gender Institute, and for 15 years was the co-editor of the European Journal of Women’s Studies.

Professor Mary Evans studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Sussex. Having since worked in higher education for over 40 years, she has spent much of this time examining the ways in which gender informs and structures the social world. This work took place in the context of teaching Sociology but the porous boundaries of that subject allowed her to consider some of those aspects of the world which sociologists have often ignored, most specifically works of fiction.

Her publications include Jane Austen and the State which adopts a multidisciplinary approach to Jane Austen’s novels and argues against the interpretation that Austen endorsed established conservative views; instead claiming that Austen advanced a radical critique of bourgeois capitalism and demonstrated a concern for the articulation of women’s rights and views while bringing out the vulnerability of women in the economic marketplace.

Other recent publications include Gender and Social Theory, Killing Thinking: The Death of the Universities and Handbook of Gender and Women’s Studies.

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