Rose Debenham

Rose Debenham

Department of History
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD title: Self-Fashioning at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, 1982-2000 
Supervisors: Dr Chris Moores and Dr Zoe Thomas
PhD Modern History


  • MA in Modern British Studies, University of Birmingham, 2018
  • BA in History, University of Birmingham, 2017


I completed my BA in History at the University of Birmingham in 2017. I remained at Birmingham completing my MA in Modern British Studies in 2018, funded by the College of Arts and Law Masters Scholarship.  I began my PhD in 2019 which is being funded by the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures.

I’m interested in activism, identity, self-fashioning, the 1980s, Greenham Common, and women’s history more generally.


The Making of the Contemporary World


My doctoral thesis explores the processes of self-fashioning undertaken by women activists at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp. It examines how women sought to define themselves as individuals, as part of a collective, and as incorporated in a longer historical legacy of rebellious women. Using textual and material sources, as well as oral history, it raises questions of the construction of the self, the performativity of being a ‘Greenham woman’, and the ways in which activist movements seek to ‘consciously historicise’.

Other activities

Research paper on ‘Writing as Self-Fashioning at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp’ presented at Cambridge Gender and Sexuality History Workshop

Co-organiser of ‘Rethinking James Watt (1736-1819): Innovation, Culture and Legacy’ conference

Co-organiser of ‘Rethinking Resistance in Modern British Studies’ Conference

Member of the Centre for Modern British Studies Postgraduate Research Group