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First Name
Jessica P.
Last Name
Brock University
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Modern Britain, beauty, gender, women, labour, enterprise, empire, consumption, capitalism, business, service sector, hair and hairdressing, London, smell, the senses
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About Me

I am a historian of modern Britain who focuses on women and gender, modernity, and urban space. I’ve written on the history of London’s nineteenth and early twentieth-century beauty businesses, hairdressing and barbers, shopping, labour, and personal grooming. My book, The Business of Beauty: Gender and the Body in Modern Londonwas published by Bloomsbury in 2020.

My current project explores the role of smell in defining British modernity, identity, and belonging between 1880 and 1930.

Recent Publications

The Business of Beauty: Gender and the Body in Modern London (London: Bloomsbury, 2020).

“Practices and Processes: the local and the global in nineteenth-century shopping” in A Cultural History of Shopping in the Age of Empire, ed. Erika D. Rappaport. Forthcoming.

“‘Will You Give Me Your Opinion?’:Mundane Beauty in the Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine, 1860–75,” Victorian Periodicals Review 52: 3 (Fall 2019). 

“’Clever Ministrations’: regenerative beauty techniques at the fin de siècle,” Palgrave Communications 3:47 (December 2017).

“Buying Beauty: the history of beauty consumption in modern Britain,” History Compass 14.5 (May 2016): 206-217.

“Grooming Men: the material world of the nineteenth-century barbershop,” Gender and Material Culture in Britain since 1600. Edited by Hannah Greig, Jane Hamlett, and Leonie Hannan. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 104-119.

Pomeroy v. Pomeroy: beauty, modernity, and the female entrepreneur in fin-de-siècle London,” The Women’s History Review 22.6 (2013): 877-903.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Britain, British Empire
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Gender, Labor, Material Culture, Sexuality, Urban History, Women