Prof Lucy Delap
My research has principally been focused on the history of feminisms, spanning Britain, the United States and the British empire. Most recently, I've explored global perspectives through the publication of Feminisms: a global history in 2020. I’m deeply committed to the transformation of feminist history to embrace critical analysis, contextual understanding and a focus on issues of inclusion and exclusion. I’ve published on feminist debates about individualism, men’s involvement, contentious campaigns on rape and child sexual abuse, orientalist and racialised feminisms, anti-feminism and feminist businesses. Print media has been very central to my work - I’m fascinated by feminist periodicals of the early and late twentieth century, as well as the booktrade. I also work closely with oral history sources, and have helped create the Unbecoming Men and The Business of Women’s Words collections at the British Library.
I’ve also worked extensively in labour history, with a focus on the intersections of gender, class and disability in workplaces, which led to the publication of Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain in 2011. I’m currently working on the history of employment for disabled people in twentieth century Britain, with a particular focus on blind, visually impaired and intellectually disabled people. I’m interested in developing policy-facing histories, and have long been involved in History & Policy, as well as working in partnership with voluntary sector groups such as Friends of the Earth. With colleagues, I was awarded the Royal Historical Society Public History Prize for public debate and policy in 2018 for our work on child sexual abuse.
Subject groups/Research projects
Modern British and Irish History; Economic and Social History
Tags & Themes
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge CB3 0DF