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Research interests

My PhD research forms an analysis of the politicisation of personal romantic relationships within the British and American women's suffrage movements. I am investigating the extent to which the tenets behind the mantra 'the personal is political', traditionally associated with mid-late twentieth-century trans-Atlantic feminism, can in fact be traced back to the previous wave of feminist activism. I am exploring which suffrage campaigners, why, where and when subverted their own personal relationships with men as a feminist symbol or political tactic and the implications of these patterns for suffrage historiography. I am interested in what this evidence contributes to the following themes: the tactics of the women’s suffrage movement, the parameters of suffragists’ political agency, suffrage approaches to sexual and marital inequality, the relative importance of the vote within first wave feminism and Victorian and Edwardian conceptualisations of the role of the female citizen.  

Prizes and awards

'President's Doctoral Scholar Award' University of Manchester, 2018-2021

'Rose Prize' for highest ranking student in History, University of Sussex, 2016

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

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Philosophy, "Fraternising with the enemy": The politicisation of marriage within the women's suffrage movement in Britain, 1850-1914, Oxford University

Award Date: 28 Jul 2018

Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Sussex

Award Date: 21 Jul 2016


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