Professor Jane Martin

Professor Jane Martin

School of Education
Professor of Social History of Education
Director, Domus Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Histories of Education and Childhood and Executive Editor of Educational Review

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Jane moved to Birmingham from the Institute of Education, University of London, where she was Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is Director of the Domus Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Histories of Education and Childhood and Executive Editor of Educational Review.

She teaches and researches on gender and history, education policy and social justice, and research methods in education. Her publications include Women and the Politics of Schooling in Victorian and Edwardian England, winner of the History of Education Society (UK) Book Prize 2002 and Making Socialists: Mary Bridges Adams and the Fight for Knowledge and Power 1855-1939 (2010). Her books with Joyce Goodman include Women and Education 1800-1980 (2004) and a 4-volume set for Routledge Women and Education: Major Themes in Education.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (London Metropolitan) 
  • PhD (Open) 
  • MA (Warwick) 
  • BA (Open)


Ed D Education 

Module lead 'Educational Practices for Social Justice and Equity'

Postgraduate supervision

Jane supervises a number of doctoral students on topics such as the Educational Equalities and the 'Self-Improving School System' in England.

She would welcome applications from those with research interests in social and labour movements, gender and education, teacher unionism and politics and policy-making in education in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Currently she is completing a manuscript for Gender and History a Palgrave book series: Gender and Education in England since 1770: a social history. Future publications include a biography of the educationalist Caroline Benn (1926-2000).

Other activities

Jane is a past editor of the journal History of Education and was the Brian Simon BERA Educational Research Fellow for 2004/5. She is a former President of the UK History of Education Society and served on the Education Sub-panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) on behalf of the UK Higher Education Funding Councils. Currently she is Executive Editor of Educational Review and co-editor of Progressive Education: Policy, Politics and Practice – a Routledge book series.


Recent publications


Martin, J 2022, Gender and Education in England since 1770: a social and cultural history. Gender and History, 1 edn, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland.


Martin, J 2019, 'Against private schools: culture, power and myths of equality', Forum, vol. 61, no. 3, pp. 349-364.

Martin, J & Benn, M 2018, 'The 'patron saint' of comprehensive education: an interview with Clyde Chitty. Part two', Forum, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 11-30.

Martin, J & Benn, M 2017, 'The 'patron saint' of comprehensive education: an interview with Clyde Chitty. Part one', Forum, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 309-324.

Martin, J 2015, 'Building Comprehensive Education: Caroline Benn and Holland Park School', Forum, vol. 57, no. 3, pp. 363-386.

Martin, J 2014, 'Intellectual Portraits: politics, professions and identity in twentieth century England', History of Education, vol. 43, no. 6, pp. 740-767.

Martin, J 2014, 'Neglected Women Historians: the case of Joan Simon', Forum, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 541-566.

Martin, J 2013, 'Gender, education and social change : a study of feminist politics and practice in London, 1870–1990', Gender and Education, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 56-74.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Martin, J 2016, Education Policy. in AS Crines & K Hickson (eds), Harold Wilson the unprincipled prime minister?. Biteback Publishing, London, pp. 131-148, Book Launch, London, United Kingdom, 23/03/16.

Martin, J 2016, Intellectual Women, Social Science, and Political Power: municipal feminism and reform at the London School of Economics, 1895-1960. in EL Panayotidis & P Storz (eds), Women in Higher Education 1850-1970. Routledge Research in Gender and History, Routledge, New York & London, pp. 119-144.


Martin, J 2020, ‘Education: Politics and Policy-Making with the Intellectuals of ‘Old’ Labour.’. in K Hickson & J Miles (eds), James Callaghan: an Underrated Prime Minister? . Biteback Publishing, London, pp. 163-180.

Martin, J 2018, Research Methods in Education 8th edition edited by Louis Cohen, Lawrence Manion and Keith Morrison. in L Cohen, L Manion & K Morrison (eds), Research Methods in Education. 8th edn, Routledge, London & New York, pp. 323-333.

Other contribution

Martin, J 2020, Commemorating the 1870 Education Act with Professor Jane Martin..

Martin, J 2020, ‘Generation Equality: the changing experience of women and education’..

Review article

Martin, J 2020, 'Telling stories about comprehensive education: hidden histories of politics, policy and practice in post-war England', British Journal of Educational Studies, vol. 68, no. 5, pp. 649-669.

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