- 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, beauty, and enterprise. I’ve written on the history of the Victorian beauty business, hairdressing and barbers, nineteenth-century shopping, and personal grooming.
My new project explores the role of smell in defining British identity and belonging between 1880 and 1930.
- Recent Publications
“Practices and Processes: the local and the global in nineteenth-century shopping” in A Cultural History of Shopping in the Age of Revolution and Empire, ed. Erika Rappaport. Forthcoming.
“’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-siècleLondon,” 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, Sexuality, Urban History, Women