Areas of Expertise: History
Courses taught: 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, 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 new projects are an investigation of mixed race offspring of black GIs and British women born in World War 2, and a social and cultural history of transracial adoption in Britain since the Second World War.
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 Feminist Review 1997-2011.
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
'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
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