Carter Laura

Posted on September 16, 2020

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Research themes

  • Twentieth-century British history
  • Education, social mobility, and inequalities
  • The history of girls and women
  • Race and immigration
  • Public and popular history
  • Popular culture and everyday life

Research Supervision:  

  • Twentieth-century British history
  • Social history, gender and race
  • Education and social mobility in the UK
  • Public and popular history in the UK
  • The history of museums and the heritage industry

Current Project

  • ‘Secondary education and social change in the UK since 1945’, research project with colleagues at the University of Cambridge, Peter Mandler and Chris Jeppesen. See: https://sesc.hist.cam.ac.uk/
  • ‘Big data, ordinary lives: social-historical approaches to British birth cohort data’, research project linked to POP (Paris-Oxford Partnership) Visiting Fellowship 2023
  • ‘Valuing Nature: Histories of Everyday Engagement with the Environment in France, Britain and their Empires, 1600-present’, pedagogical and research project with Ariane Fennetaux, Université Paris Cité, KCL, and Humboldt University of Berlin

Education and Academic Positions:

  • 2013-2016: PhD, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. Title of thesis : « The « history of everyday life » and democratic culture in Britain, 1918-1969 »
  • 2016-2017: Lecturer in Modern British History, Department of History, King’s College London
  • 2017-2020: Research Associate (postdoctoral), Faculty of History, University of Cambridge and Research Fellow, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge
  • 2020- : Lecturer in British history, University of Paris

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Coordinator, M1 & M2 in LLCER History and civilization of the English-speaking World
  • Coordinator, LARCA histoire du politique Reading Group

Research Supervision:

  • Twentieth-century British history
  • Social history, gender and race
  • Education and social mobility in the UK
  • Public and popular history in the UK
  • The history of museums and the heritage industry

      Selected Publications:

      • Histories of Everyday Life: The Making of Popular Social History in Britain, 1918-1979 (Oxford: Oxford University Press Past & Present book series, 2021)
      • ‘Racism and Anti-Racism in Twentieth-Century European Educational Systems’, Encyclopédie d’histoire numérique de L’Europe, Available here
      • ‘Rhoda Power, BBC Radio, and Mass Education, 1922-1957’, Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique, XXVI (2021), pp. 1-16. Available here
      • ‘Women historians in the twentieth century’, in Heidi Egginton and Zoë Thomas (eds.), Precarious Professionals: Gender, Identities & Social Change in Modern British Culture (London: Royal Historical Society, 2021)
      • ‘Accessing Equal Education’, in Polly Russell and Margaretta Jolly (eds.), Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights (London: British Library, 2020)
      • ‘Higher Education and the Pedagogies of Communicating Elite Knowledge in 1970s Britain’, in Joaquim Moreno (ed.), The university is now on air, broadcasting modern architecture (Montreal: CCA, 2018)
      • The Connell Short Guide to The General Strike 1926 (London: Connell Guides, 2017)
      • ‘Rethinking Folk Culture in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Twentieth Century British History 28 (2017), pp. 543-69. Available here
      • ‘The Quennells and the ‘History of Everyday Life’ in England, c. 1918-69’, History Workshop Journal 81 (2016), pp. 106-34. Available here
      • ‘‘Experimental’ secondary modern education in Britain, 1948-1958’, Cultural and Social History 13 (2016), pp. 23-41

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