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Professor Kate Fisher

Research supervision


I supervise projects in modern social and cultural history, the medical humanities, gender and sexuality in nineteenth and twentieth century British culture, the history of birth control and contraception, sexology or sexual science, the history of sex and sexuality, memory and oral history, and the reception of the past in relation to sex and the erotic. I particularly welcome proposals relating to:

  • The history of family life
  • The history of birth control and contraception
  • The development of sexual science and the medicalization of sex
  • The history of sexual knowledge
  • The history of sex education
  • The history of sex reform or sexual politics
  • The history of pornography and erotic collections
  • Sex and museums
  • Modern sexual identities and the classical past
  • Anthropology and the history of sexuality


Research students

Current students:

Hannah Charnock, ‘Sex, relationships and domestic life 1940-1970’, ESRC funded (2013)

Kayleigh Nias 'The history of physiotherapy' AHRC funded (2012 - )

Sarah Jones, ‘Sexual radicalism and free love in the late 19th and early 20th centuries’, GWR funded (2011-)

Past postgraduate students include:

Pei-Ching Chen, ‘The Plebeian Cross-Dressing Woman in C18th and C19th Britain’ (completed, submitted 2011)

Victoria Bates, '"Not an Exact Science": Medical Approaches to Age and Sexual Offences in England, 1850-1914'. (AHRC funded, submitted and examined 2012). Victoria is now a lecturer in Modern History at the University of Bristol.

Jennifer Grove, The collection and reception of sexually-related antiquities in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain and America.