I am a Senior Lecturer in Social History at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research’s Medway campus. I am also Director of Studies for Criminal Justice and
I am a historian specialising in nineteenth and 20th century British social history and women’s history. I completed my PhD thesis entitled ‘Making Women Magistrates: Feminism, Citizenship & Justice in England & Wales 1920-1950’ in 2002.
My 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 and was published by Palgrave in 2008.
I am a member of the British Society of Criminology, Women’s History Network, and the Social History Society. I am the book reviews editor of Women’s History Magazine.
I’m strongly in favour of academic historians communicating with a wider public, for example local and family historians, and I’ve given talks to local societies about my research interests which include the women’s suffrage movement and women’s work in First World War Kent.
In 2012 I led an AHRC funded collaborative (knowledge transfer) project with Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery entitled Women in Tunbridge Wells: a Hidden History. I am a member of the Gateways to the First World War Research Network.
I’ve been a lecturer at SSPSSR since 2001 teaching history, social policy and criminology modules on the BSc Social Sciences, BA Criminal Justice and Criminology and on masters programmes.
University of Kent
Kent ME4 4AG
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My 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. I am 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 within Britain and internationally.
My 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; the transfer of penal policies in the British colonial empire (1930-50), and the life and work of penal reformer S. Margery Fry (1874-1958). I am also developing an interest in international feminist networks and human rights campaigns.
I am 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.
If you have a proposal in the above areas and want to study at the University of Kent, please contact me to discuss further.back to top
I teach the following modules for the Social Sciences and Criminal Justice and Criminology programmes (Medway campus):
- SO686: Social Justice Practice
- SA552: Crime, Punishment and Penal Policy
- SO618: Women, Crime and Justice
I have also taught History of Crime and Punishment (MA Criminology, Canterbury campus).
- Member of the Women’s History Network
- Member of the Social History Society
- Member of the British Society of Criminology