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Dr Lucy Delap

Reader in Modern British and Gender History


Phone: 01223 762277


Faculty of History

Murray Edwards College


Lucy Delap is a historian of modern Britain, with a particular interest in gender history, the history of feminism, print culture, labour history, disability and religion. She studied at Cambridge University, and has taught at King's College London before returning to Cambridge in 2015. She is currently working on late twentieth century masculinities, learning disability, and is also writing an introduction to global feminist history for Penguin, tentatively titled Feminism: a useable history. She is co-investigator for a Leverhulme-funded project on the history of Virago and Spare Rib, which will run from 2018-21. In 2018 her work on historical child sexual abuse with colleagues Adrian Bingham and Louise Jackson was awarded the Royal Historical Society Public History Prize for public debate and policy.

Research Interests

Gender history, print culture and media history, the history of disability, modern religious history, history of sexuality

Research Supervision

I supervise Masters and PhD students in modern British social and cultural history, gender history and history of sexuality. I welcome enquiries from students in these fields.


I supervise and lecture for the modern British history papers 6 and 11, and for Historical Argument and Practice. I run a special subject for Part II, 'the transformation of everyday life in Britain, 1945-90'. At the MA level I teach options in gender and sexuality, and policy history.

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