Dr Claire Martin

Dr Claire Martin

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Martin is a social and cultural historian of modern Britain, with a particular interest in histories of gender and sexuality, histories of health and the body, and queer history.

Her current role involves working with Dr Anne Hanley on the UKRI-funded project Histories of Sexual Health in Modern Britain. The project maps sexual health histories from the end of the First World War to the beginning of the AIDS crisis and brings those histories to bear on health challenges and inequalities facing society today. Dr Martin works on all strands of the project, with a focus on the project’s oral history research and public engagement programme.  

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2594-2160



  • Fellow of Advance HE (2018)
  • PhD in History, University of Leeds (2018)
  • MA in British History, Université Paris Est Créteil (2011)
  • BA in Anglophone Studies, Université Paris Est Créteil (2009)


Dr Martin completed her PhD at the University of Leeds in 2018. Before joining the University of Birmingham in 2022, she worked as a Teaching Fellow in Modern British Social History at the University of Leeds (2019-20 and 2021-22), and as a Lecturer in Modern History at QMUL (2020-21).


Current project:

Dr Martin currently works with Dr Anne Hanley on the interdisciplinary project ‘Histories of Sexual Health in Modern Britain, 1918-1980’. The project explores the complex personal, social, cultural and political factors that shaped people’s sexual health experiences and outcomes from the First World War to the AIDS crisis.

Previous research:

Dr Martin completed her PhD in History at the University of Leeds in 2018 with a thesis entitled ‘Bodies of Knowledge: Science, Popular Culture, and Working-Class Women's Experience of the Life Cycle in Yorkshire, c.1900-1940'. This project explored the creation and diffusion of knowledge on menstruation, sex, pregnancy, and menopause in the first half of the twentieth century, and charted changing definitions of knowledge, experience, and expertise on health and the body in this period.

Other research interests:

history of everyday life; queer history; local history; history of emotions