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Queen Mary University of London
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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 working on a history on women in the British parliament with Rachel Reeves MP, due to be published in 2019, as well as several of my own publications.

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

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

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

‘The University of Fort Hare and the archives of the African National Congress in South Africa’ The Imperial and Global History Network, 11 August 2014

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