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Holly Rose Ashford


I am a PhD Candidate at Pembroke College, Cambridge. I am researching the history of women's reproductive health in Ghana from 1920 - 1980. I am particularly interested on how various discourses of development affected health implementation and women's experiences during the course of this period. Before this, I studied International History at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. I also have a First Class (Honours) BA in History and Italian from the University of Warwick. My previous work looked at the history of maternal and child welfare in the colonial Gold Coast.

Research Interests

African history / gender and sexuality / reproductive rights / development / women's history / oral history

Research Supervision

Supervised by Professor Gareth Austin


Superivising for paper 23 'World History since 1914' and lecture for paper 29 'The History of Africa from 1800'

Other Professional Activities

Co-convenor of the Gender and Sexuality History Workshop (August 2018 - present)


  • International History
  • Economic, Social History

Key Publications

'The Red Cross and the Establishment of Maternal and Infant Welfare in the 1930s Gold Coast' Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History (2019) DOI: 10.1080/03086534.2019.1576831