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Ruth Lawlor

Ruth Lawlor

PhD Candidate in History, University of Cambridge


I am a PhD candidate in History at Cambridge and a Fox International Fellow at Yale. I work on race, gender and the United States in the world, with a particular focus on sexual violence committed by American soldiers in Europe during World War II. My research is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK, the Cambridge Trust, and the Robert Gardiner Memorial Fund. This year I was awarded the American Historical Association's Albert J. Beveridge Research Grant (2018) and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations' Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grant (2018). I am also a member of the Global Health 50/50 collective, an advocacy and accountability initiative to drive gender-transformative change across global health


I supervise Paper 24, the history of the United States from 1865 to the present, as well as the race, gender and international history papers for Historical Argument and Practice (HAP).

Other Professional Activities

Co-editor, U.S. Studies Online: The Postgraduate Journal of the British Association for American Studies, 2018-2020


  • International History
  • American History
  • Military History