Dr Anne Logan

Emeritus Reader in Social Science,
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Dr Anne Logan


Dr Anne Logan is a historian specialising in 19th and 20th century British social history and women’s history. She has been a lecturer at Kent since 2001 and completed her PhD thesis titled ‘Making Women Magistrates: Feminism, Citizenship and Justice in England and Wales 1920-1950’ in 2002.

Her first book, Feminism and Criminal Justice: A Historical Perspective, is an examination of the involvement of women in penal reform pressure groups and the relationships between these and the feminist movement in the 1920-1970 period. Recently she has completed a biography of penal reformer, Margery Fry, (The Politics of Penal Reform) published by Routledge. 

Dr Logan is strongly in favour of academic historians communicating with the wider public and often gives talks to local societies about her research interests, which include the women’s suffrage movement and the First World War in Kent. In 2012, she led an AHRC funded collaborative (knowledge transfer) project with Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery entitled Women in Tunbridge Wells: a Hidden History. In 2016 and 2017 she led two public engagement projects for Gateways to the First World War, on Rochester and Borstal in the First World War and Belgian Refugees in Tunbridge Wells. 

Research interests

Dr Logan’s main research interests are in gender, criminal justice policy-making and social work in the period 1900 to 1960, including the work of magistrates and other voluntary workers, as well as professionals. She is also interested in feminist historiography and research methods, especially biographical research and in the history and role of voluntary organisations in the criminal justice field both in Britain and internationally. 

Dr Logan’s current research projects include

  • Examinations of voluntarism and professionalism in the criminal justice system and related social work during the early and mid-twentieth century.
  • Comparative approaches to the women’s suffrage movement.
  • International feminist networks and prisoners’ rights campaigns.

She is also interested in the social history of health and welfare. 


Dr Logan teaches modules for the Social Sciences and Criminal Justice and Criminology programmes at Medway campus.


Dr Logan is interested in supervising research projects in the following areas:

  • Criminal justice policy in late nineteenth and twentieth century Britain and the colonial empire.
  • Social policy and social work in late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
  • Twentieth century feminism and international human rights campaigns.
  • Women in British politics and public life.



  • Women’s History Network 
  • Social History Society 
  • Gateways to the First World War Research Network 


  • Former book reviews editor of Women’s History.
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