Areas of Expertise: History
Lucy is a social and cultural historian specialising in late 19th and 20th century British gender history, the history of race relations, and the history of sexuality. She is the MA History Course Leader and a member of our Labour History Research Unit.
Before joining Anglia Ruskin in 2013, Lucy was Reader in History at London Metropolitan University, where she ran an MA in Women’s History.
Lucy's research has concentrated on the history of gender, sexuality and feminism in Britain, 1880s - 1980s. Her recent projects are an investigation of mixed-race offspring of black GIs and British women born in the Second World War, and the wider social and cultural history of mixed raceness and inter-racial relationships in Britain.
She was Principal Investigator for a Leverhulme-funded project on 'Identifying the Parameters of the Women's Liberation Movement, 1970s and '80s' in 2008-9 (working with The Women's Library), and was on the editorial collective of Gender & History, 1990-1997, Feminist Review 1997-2011, the Steering Committee of the Women’s History Network and a co-editor of Women’s History, 2012-16, and is now on the editorial board of Women’s History Review.
Lucy teaches on the modules:
Britain’s ‘Brown Babies’: the stories of children born to black GIs and British women in the second world war Manchester University Press, 2019.
Labour, British Radicalism and the First World War Manchester University Press, February 2018 (co-edited with Richard Carr)
Reconsidering Women’s History: Twenty Years of the Women’s History Network Taylor & Francis, 2015 (co-edited with Katharina Rowold)
Modern Women on Trial: Sexual Transgression in the Age of the Flapper, Manchester University Press, 2013
Women’s Studies Group, CCCS Women Take Issue: aspects of women’s subordination (2nd edition), Routledge, 2007 (co-authored)
Banishing the Beast: Feminism, Sex and Morality (2nd edition) IB Tauris 2002; (1st edition) Penguin 1995 (also published as Banishing the Beast: Sexuality and the Early Feminists The New Press, New York, 1995) (also translated into Chinese)
Sexology in Culture: Labelling Bodies and Desires Polity Press, Cambridge, 1998; University of Chicago, 1998 (with Laura Doan)
Sexology Uncensored: the Documents of Sexual Science Polity Press, Cambridge, 1998; University of Chicago, 1998 (with Laura Doan)
(with Katharina Rowold) Women's History Review Special Issue: Looking Forward, Looking Back: 20 years of the Women's History Network, 2014
Co-edited five issues of Feminist Review, 1999-2007
(with Angela John) Gender & History, issue on ‘Autobiography and Biography’ vol. 2, no. 1, 1990
'Defying Racial Prejudice: 2nd World War Relationships between British women and black GIs and the raising of their offspring', Women’s History Review, vol 28:6, 2019 (published online 5 July 2017)
'Interracial Relationships and the "Brown Baby Question": Black GIs, White British Women and their Mixed Race Offspring in World War 11', Journal of the History of Sexuality, 26, 3, 2017
'Defying Racial Prejudice: 2nd World War Relationships between British women and black GIs and the raising of their offspring', Women’s History Review 2017
'Hunnish Scenes' and a 'Virgin Birth': a 1920s Divorce Case of Sexual and Bodily Ignorance. History Workshop Journal 73, 2012
'Eugenics in Britain: the View from the Metropole', (with Lesley Hall) in Bashford, A. and Levine, P. (Eds.), 2010. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010
'The Trials and Tribulations of Edith Thompson: the Capital Crime of Sexual Incitement in 1920s England', Journal of British Studies, 43(3), 2008
'British Eugenics and "Race Crossing": a Study of an Interwar Investigation'. In Special Issue on 'Eugenics Old and New', New Formations, 60, 2007
'White Women and Men of Colour: Miscegenation Fears in Britain after the Great War', Gender & History, 17(1), 2005
Sept 2016-Jan 2020: 26 national and local radio and TV appearances about my research on the children born to black GIs and white British women in the Second World War, including Witness, Radio 4, Dec 2019 and Jan 2020; Free Thinking, Radio 3, Nov 2019; CNN, May 2019; BBC World Service, May 2019; BBC World News, May 2019; My Mixed Up World, BBC World Service, May 2018; Women’s Hour, Radio 4, Oct 2016
April 2019: Channel 4 News, about birth of Archie Windsor and history of mixed-race children in Britain
March 2018: Women’s Hour, Radio 4, re Maud Allan and the 'cult of the clitoris case'
Feb 2018: appearance on Family Justice BBC1 (programme on capital punishment and Edith Thompson)
Oct 2016: appearance on Virago: changing the world one page at a time, BBC4
Oct 2016: live on Women’s Hour, Radio 4, re the mixed-race GI babies
August 2016: appearance on Murder Maps, series 1, episode 5: 'Murder in the Roaring Twenties' on UKTV Yesterday