• Burnaby Road, Milldam

    PO1 3AS Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested in supervising projects in my areas of expertise: women's cultural history of the twentieth century, women's magazines, feminist histories of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the Women's Liberation Movement, women's representation on television, cultural history of cookbooks

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Personal profile


As Reader in Cultural History at the University of Portsmouth, I have interests in women's cultures, print media and feminism. I have published on the representation of women in a range of media including film, television and radio, and on women's writing. including the work of May Sinclair, a modernist writer. I am paticularly intersted in the way periodicals serve women's political and personal aspirations. 

Research Interests

My research interests fall into a number of related areas including women’s writing, women’s cultures, feminism, and media representations of women.  I have a particular research and publication interest in women’s magazines and their cultural contexts.  Magazines, lifestyle television, television drama, novels, short stories and science fiction are all media forms and genres which interest me and have informed my writing.  Recent publications include work on feminism and women’s magazines; modernism, war and May Sinclair; and 1970s British television.  I have completed a monograph on women’s magazines, called Magazine Movements, which examines the political and social impact some magazines have had on British women’s history. I am currently preparing a second monograph on women's cultures and the media.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., May Sinclair: the Life of the Mind, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

MA, Twentieth Century Literature and Culture, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jun 1994

External positions

Editor of Women's History, Journal of the Women's History Network, Women's History Network

22 Nov 2018 → …

Editorial Advisor, The London Magazine

1 Sept 2016 → …


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