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Malmö University
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Contemporary, politics, political cultures, feminism, women's activism, democracy, South Africa, Sweden, Scandinavia, transnationalism, internationalism, solidarity, anti-apartheid, socialism, social democracy, gender quotas
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About Me

I’m a historian broadly interested in 20th-century liberation movements and philosophies: these include international socialism, social democracy and socialist politicians; women’s and feminist movements; black power and minority rights movements; international cooperation and activism. I am currently a senior lecturer in history at Malmö University in Sweden and working on several projects on the history of activism – international, feminist and solidarity.

My AHRC-funded PhD at Birkbeck, University of London – ‘Practical Solidarity: Connections between Swedish Social Democratic women and women in the ANC, 1960-1994’ (supervised by Dr Hilary Sapire & Professor Mary Hilson) – explored the historical impact of informal cross-border relationships in national and international settings, and how these have informed ideas about gender and equality. I passed my viva in October 2015, without corrections.

Originally a journalist – with plenty of broadcast experience – I also run a podcast on history, gender and politics with Dr Charlotte Lydia Riley called Tomorrow Never Knows. Find out more at

Recent Publications

‘Practical Solidarity: Connections between Swedish Social Democratic Women and Women in the African National Congress of South Africa, 1960-1994’, Birkbeck, University of London (2016). Available via the British Library:

‘“Now is the time!” The importance of international spaces for women’s activism within the ANC, 1960- 1976’ Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 45, no. 2 (2019), pp. 323-340;

Women of Westminster: the MPs Who Changed Politics (London: I.B. Tauris, 2019) – with Rachel Reeves MP.

‘There is no longer any excuse for not repatriating museums’ colonial art’ Prospect, May 2019;

‘Rise of the right falters in poll’ The World Today, October/November 2018;

‘Feminist Initiative’s strong showing in the Swedish elections puts pressure on mainstream parties’ The Guardian, 15 September 2014;

Book review: Kristina Schultz (ed.) The Women’s Liberation Movement: Impacts and Outomes (Berghahn, 2017) in Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 54 no. 3 (2019), pp. 701–703;

Book Review: A Woman’s Work by Harriet Harman LSE Review of Books, 17 July 2017;

Book Review: Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid by Alan Wieder LSE Review of Books, 6 November 2013;

Book Review: External Mission: The ANC in Exile 1960-1990 by Stephen Ellis LSE Review of Books, 15 September 2013.

Media Coverage
'Can foreign policy be feminist? Sweden says yes' by Ryan Lenora Brown, Christian Science Monitor, 7 February 2018
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Scandinavia, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Diplomacy, Gender, Government, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution, Women