My first monograph Cold War Women: The International Activities of American Women's Organizations (Manchester University Press. (2002) was shortlisted for the Gladstone First Book prize by the Royal Historical Society. Research into gender and the Cold War and women’s rights in the post-war period more broadly remains a strong part of my publication strategy, and I am recognized as an expert in this field, publishing on this topic in the recent Oxford History of the Cold War (2013). My specialism in the early years of the Commission on the Status of Women’s Rights in the UN has placed me at the forefront of scholars of international women’s networks and history, and I was invited to contribute a review essay on women and international advocacy to a special edition of The Journal of Women’s History in 2012. More broadly, my research on women international associations has led to a wider interrogation of the relationship between state power and non-governmental organizations. I have co-organized two symposiums on this topic, both of which resulted in the publication of edited collections (2006 and 2011). As a result of this strong record of publication I have established a strong profile as a scholar of the ’State-private network’ in the Cold War, and of women’s international organizing and global women’s rights.
My current research focuses on the response of white women’s organizations in the United States towards the post war demand for racial integration and civil rights. My Research in this topic was initally supported by an ESRC network grant on Civil Rights and Social Capital, co-organized with Professor Peter Ling of Nottingham University. This grant enabled me to organize two international seminars at Birmingham, funding particaption from leading US Scholars such as Belinda Robnett, and NGOs such as DEMOS. My research on this topic has appeared in leading journals such as The Journal of American Studies and Women’s History Review. A further article on the topic of women’s efforts to promote integration in Montgomery Alabama is in progress I mm currently working on a monograph on this topic.