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Dr Deborah Thom

Dr Deborah Thom
Robinson College
Grange Road

Cambridge CB3 9AN


Deborah Thom is a Fellow and director of Studies for the faculties of History and Social and Political sciences at Robinson College, she also lectures in the department of History and Philosophy of Science.

Departments and Institutes

Robinson College:

Research Interests

The history of women's employment, feminism and trade unionism; educational psychology and child psychiatry; corporal punishment; photography and war- all in twentieth century Britain.


The history of the sciences of the psyche, war, gender, children and family in Britain and Europe in the 20th century.

Key Publications

  • Nice girls and rude girls Women workers and the first World war I.B.Tauris 1998/2000
  • New DNB entries on Lady Hester Adrian, Lilian Barker, Teresa Billington Greig, Barbara Drake, Emanuel Miller. 2004
  • 'Making work spectacular' in Gail Braybon, ed., Evidence, History and the Great War: Historians and the Impact of 1914-18 Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2003
  • 'The healthy citizen of Empire or juvenile delinquent? Beating and mental health in the UK', eds Marijke Gijswit-Hofstra & Hilary Marland, Cultures of Child Health in Britain and the Netherlands in the Twentieth Century, Amsterdam New York, Rodopi, 2003