Dr Ruth Lawlor

Junior Research Fellow in History, Queens' College
I am a Junior Research Fellow in History at Queens' College. I have an MA in History from University College Cork (2016) and received my PhD from Cambridge in 2019. I was a Visiting Researcher at Boston University in 2017 and a Fox International Fellow at Yale in 2018-2019.
I am a historian of the United States and its global empire in the “long twentieth century” (1898-2020), with an interest in gender and sexuality, race, labour and power. I am currently writing a book about the transnational politics of sexual violence in World War II, titled Law and Disorder: Rape, Race and U.S. Military Justice in World War II. My second book will be a labour history of the U.S. military before the Wars on Terror.
I supervise Part I students taking Paper 18: European history since 1890 and Paper 24: the history of the United States from 1865. I also teach a number of the Historical Argument and Practice papers, including race, gender, and international history, and run a class on Reading Foucault for HAP. I have supervised Part II dissertations on a range of subjects in 20th century U.S. and international history, from the American Federation of Labour and the New Deal to the cultural politics of Hollywood films after World War II. I teach an MPhil seminar on gender and sexuality in U.S. history from slavery to the present and am happy to hear from prospective MPhil students working on topics in 20th century social and transnational history.
*Please note I am unable to supervise any Part II dissertation students or MPhil students after the academic year 2021-2022*
I am a a member of the American Historical Association (AHA), British Association for American Studies (BAAS), Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS), Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), and the Society for Military History (SMH)
I am happy to supervise Part II students writing dissertations on most aspects of twentieth century U.S. history, especially those with an interest in the history of the United States in the world, cultural, social, and legal history, and the U.S. military. Current students are working on dissertations about the black Jewish diaspora in post-war New York, conservative politics in the mid-twentieth century, and masculinity in American popular culture. I also welcome proposals from prospective MPhil students interested in working on war, society, culture or the transnational in the long twentieth century.
*Please note I am unable to supervise any Part II dissertation students or MPhil students after the academic year 2021-2022*

Key publications

“The Stuttgart Incident: Sexual Violence and the Uses of History”, Diplomatic History [forthcoming, vol. 46, issue 1, Jan. 2022]

“The Wartime Battlefield of Sex”, Modern American History (“Take Three” segment) [forthcoming, Spring 2021]

“Contested Crimes: Race, Gender, and Nation in GI Histories of Sexual Crime, World War II”, Journal of Military History, Vol. 84 Issue 2, (April, 2020), pp.541-569

Other publications

“Working with Death”, AHA Perspectives, December 15, 2020