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Queen Mary University of London
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History of childhood and youth, history of the family, history of emotions, history of welfare and poverty, environmental history, imperial history, histories of migration and race
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About Me

I am a social and cultural historian and historical geographer working on nineteenth and twentieth century histories of Britain. I have a particular interest in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of: the histories and geographies of childhood, youth and the family; the study of home and identity across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; migration, race and empire; health, disability, and wellbeing; poverty, inequality and welfare; material culture; and histories of the emotions.

I joined Queen Mary University of London as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2017, working on a new project entitled ‘In care and after care: emotions, institutions, and child welfare in Britain, Australia, and Canada, 1850-1914’. My new project brings a history of emotions perspective to understand children’s care experiences, to address the performance of emotion and affect in care provision, and children’s individual and collective responses to institutional life. As a transnational project, that draws on ‘new’ imperial history approaches too, this research will contribute to a growing body of new research that considers the two-way dialogues, circulation, and development of child welfare practices on a global scale.


I am a co-convenor of the Life Cycles Seminar that takes place at the Institute of Historical Research at Senate House, London.

Twitter: @claudiajsoares

Recent Publications
  • Soares, Claudia, ‘”What is to be done with him?” Aftercare, friendship and post-institutional experiences in a Victorian children’s institution’, History Workshop Journal (forthcoming, Spring 2019).
  • Soares, Claudia, ‘A “Permanent Environment of Brightness, Warmth, and Homeliness”: Domesticity and Authority in a Victorian Children’s Institution’, Journal of Victorian Culture, (forthcoming, 2018)
  • Soares, Claudia, ‘Care and trauma: exhibiting histories of philanthropic childcare practices’, Journal of Historical Geography 52, 2 (2016), pp. 100-107
  • Soares, Claudia, ‘The Path to Reform? Problematic treatments and patient experience in nineteenth- century female inebriate institutions’, Cultural and Social History 12, 3 (2015), pp. 411-429.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
UK, Australia, Canada
Expertise by Geography
Australia, British Isles, England, North America
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Colonialism, Disability, Environment, Family, Indigenous Peoples, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Urban History, Women