Professor Selina Todd

BA (Warwick), MA, D.Phil (Sussex), FRHistS

Teaching and Research

Tutorial Fellow in History, St Hilda's College
Professor in Modern British History, History Faculty

Professor Selina Todd is a Lecturer in Modern British History and a Fellow of St Hilda's and a member of the 'Mind the Gap' Inequalities Research Group. She was educated at a comprehensive school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and at the Universities of Sussex and Warwick.

Professor Todd's research interests focus on working-class, women's and feminist history in modern Britain. Her research has been funded by the Economic  and Social Research Council, Arts Council England, the Economic History Society and the Royal Historical Society. She is currently working on two projects: a biographical study of the playwright Shelagh Delaney that situates her in the broader history of British feminism, for which Professor Todd was awarded a British Academy Small Grant towards her research; and a study of social mobility since the 19th century.

In August 2016, Professor Todd was awarded an Arts and Humanities Council Fellowship of £245,000 to study Shelagh Delaney and feminism. This Fellowship, which runs for 15 months from Jan 2017, will enable Professor Todd to write a book on this topic that will be published by Chatto and Windus.  Professor Todd will also stage a trilogy of Shelagh Delaney's plays in collaboration with her project partners: the Guinness Housing Partnership and their tenants in Salford, MaD Theatre Company in Manchester, Charlotte Delaney (playwright), and the Working Class Movement Library in Salford. 

Professor Todd's book, 'The People: The rise and fall of the working class 1910-2010' (John Murray, London, 2014), was shortlisted for the Political History Book of the Year in the 2015 Paddy Power Political Book Awards.  In 2016, Professor Todd was awarded a £96,000 Fell Fund research grant to study the history of social mobility in modern Britain.

Professor Todd teaches courses on modern British history and women's history at undergraduate and graduate level, including the Special Subject Britain from the Bomb to the Beatles: gender, class and social change, 1945-1967, and the MSt option Women's Lives, Life Writing and Historical Change. She is keenly interested in widening access to higher education and is always delighted to receive applications from students from non-selective state schools and colleges. She welcomes applications from potential DPhil students (part-time or full-time) who share any of her research interests.



The People: The rise and fall of the working class 1910-2010 (John Murray, London, 2014). 

Young Women, Work, and Family in England 1918-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2005).


'Class, experience and Britain's Twentieth Century', Social History, 2014

'Family Welfare and Social Work in Postwar England', English Historical Review, 2014

'People Matter: the legacy of E.P.Thompson's Making of the English Working Class', History Workshop Journal, 2013

'Domestic Service and Class Relations in Britain, 1900-1950', Past and Present, 2009

'Affluence, Class and Crown Street: Reinvestigating the Post-War Working Class', Contemporary British History, 2008, pp.501-518