Carter Laura

Posted on September 16, 2020


Research themes

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


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:
  • ‘The politics of race and gender in British education, c.1960s-80s’

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:

  • Workshop co-organiser: ‘Anti-racist education: history, theory practice’, University of Cambridge, November 2019

  • Workshop co-organiser: ‘Social media as an historical source: methods, challenges, ethics’, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, University of Cambridge, June 2019

  • Advisory editor on women historians, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2017-2018

  • Workshop co-organiser and exhibition curator: ‘London’s women historians: a celebration and a conversation’, Institute of Historical Research, London, Mars 2017


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

      • Laura Carter, Histories of Everyday Life: The Making of Popular Social History in Britain, 1918-1979 (Oxford University Press Past & Present book series, forthcoming 2021)
      • Laura Carter, ‘Rhoda Power, BBC radio, and mass education, 1922-1957’, Revue Française de Civilisation Britannique (forthcoming, 2020)
      • Laura Carter, ‘Accessing Equal Education’, in Polly Russell and Margaretta Jolly (eds.), Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights (British Library, 2020)
      • Laura Carter, ‘Rethinking Folk Culture in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Twentieth Century British History 28 (2017), pp. 543-69. Available here
      • Laura Carter, ‘The Quennells and the ‘History of Everyday Life’ in England, c. 1918-69’, History Workshop Journal 81 (2016), pp. 106-34. Available here