Dr Zoë Thomas

Dr Zoë Thomas

Department of History
Lecturer in the History of 19th Century Britain and the Wider World

I am an historian of modern Britain with particular specialism in women’s history and social and cultural history.


I finished my PhD in History at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2016 and before this completed my BA and MA in History at Lancaster University. I have taught modern British history, modern European history, and liberal arts modules at King’s College London, Royal Holloway, the University of Roehampton, the University of East London, and the University of Westminster. Seminars and lectures I have taught at these institutions have ranged from topics such as Samuel Pepys’ and seventeenth-century culture, Europe from 1793–1991, suffrage art, through to the 1981 Brixton riots in London.


  • Women in International Life since 1850
  • Practicing History
  • History in Theory and Practice
  • New Directions in Modern British History


I am currently writing my first monograph titled Women Art Workers and the Arts and Crafts Movement which will be published by Manchester University Press in the ‘Gender and History’ series.

I am also co-editing an edited collection with Dr Heidi Egginton titled Precarious Professionals: Gender, Identity and Social Change in Modern British History which explores the gendered formation of professional identities in Britain from the mid-nineteenth century to the dawn of second-wave feminism. This will be published by the Royal Historical Society’s ‘New Historical Perspectives’ series.




Co-edited book

Book chapters

Book reviews

I have reviewed books for Contemporary British History, Journal of Victorian Culture, Journal of Social History, Cultural and Social History, and Reviews in History, amongst others.

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  • The Arts and Crafts movement and artistic cultures
  • The suffrage campaigns and the history of feminism
  • History of work and the professions
  • Women’s history
  • Modern British History

Media experience

I have been interviewed for the BBC a number of times in the role of ‘historical expert’, for instance in a video for BBC online about suffrage campaigner Emily Wilding Davison, and also for a BBC2 programme about the Arts and Crafts Movement.

I have also worked as a historical consultant for HBO America.

I am happy to be contacted by media companies interested in working with me.



  • Gender equalities
  • Access to professions and higher education
  • Access to culture