College Lecturer in Modern British and American History
Trained as a social historian, Ruth has become increasingly interested in the ways in which ideas and discursive structures develop and inform social relations. In particular she is interested in how experiences of class and gender inform and are informed by discourses of class and gender. In her book project, ‘I am not a feminist’: Equality, Rights, and Working Women’s Culture in London and Chicago, 1870s-1920s, she examines these dynamics in the context of the women’s labour movement in late nineteenth and early twentieth century London and Chicago, using archived oral histories alongside more conventional written sources. She is currently working on a study of working class women’s experiences of London in the First World War, a study which highlights the importance of leisure and consumerism in young women’s lives.