Professor Selina Todd

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

Teaching and Research

Tutorial Fellow in History, St Hilda's College
Professor in Modern History, Oxford University 

Professor Selina Todd is Professor of Modern History in the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Hilda's. She was educated at a comprehensive school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and at the Universities of Sussex and Warwick.

Professor Todd's research focuses on working-class, women's and feminist history in modern Britain. Her research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, Arts Council England, the Economic History Society and the Royal Historical Society. Her books include The People: the rise and fall of the working class 1910-2010 (2014) and Snakes and Ladders: the Great British Social Mobility Myth (2021). She is currently co-director of the Women’s Equality and Inequality Research network at the Oxford Martin School. She is co-editing a Sex and Gender Reader with Professor Alice Sullivan (UCL) to be published by Routledge.

Professor Todd teaches courses on modern British history and women's history at undergraduate and graduate level, including the Further Subject ‘Women’s Liberation in Britain, c.1968-c.1990’ and the Special Subject ‘Britain from the Bomb to the Beatles: gender, class and social change, 1945-1967’. 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 her research interests.

Publications

Books:

Snakes and Ladders: the Great British Social Mobility Myth (Chatto, 2021).

Tastes of Honey: the making of Shelagh Delaney and a cultural revolution (Chatto, 2019).

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

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

Articles:

'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.