Dr Caitriona Beaumont
Associate Professor in Social History; Director of Research, School of Law and Social Sciences
Telephone:020 7815 5766
School/Division:Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Dr Caitríona Beaumont is Director of Research for the School of Law and Social Sciences and Associate Professor in Social History in the School’s Division of Social Sciences. She specialises in the history of female activism, women’s organisations and campaigns for gender equality in England and Ireland throughout the twentieth century. Caitríona was awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in History and Politics (1988) and a MA in Modern Irish History (1989) from University College Dublin, Ireland. She was awarded a PhD in Social History from the University of Warwick, UK in 1997. Having spent a year teaching social history at the University of Glasgow (1997-1998), Caitríona joined London South Bank University as a Lecturer in History in September 1998.
In February 2018, Caitriona was interviewed by Channel 4 News, as they marked the 100th year anniversary of women's suffrage in the UK.
Caitríona teaches across undergraduate degree programmes offered in the Division of Social Sciences including History, Politics, Criminology and Sociology. Her modules include: Issues in Criminal Justice History, Gender Equality and Difference: Historical and Contemporary Debates, Politics and Protest, Suffrage to Citizenship: female activism in the twentieth century. She supervises final year dissertations and contributes to post-graduate teaching including the MSc in Criminology and Social Research Methods.
Caitríona currently supervises four PhD projects on themes relating to: exiting indoor prostitution, policies relating to the policing of rape, the meaning of intimate relationships for older women and attitudes towards the policy of appeasement amongst the British press in the interwar years. She is keen to supervise PhD/MRES projects relating to gender, feminism, criminal justice history, female networks and social justice across time and place.
Caitríona’s research explores the history of female activism and women’s organisations in Ireland and England throughout the twentieth century. She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and blogs on these themes with a particular focus on gender equality and social justice. Her book Housewives and Citizens: Domesticity and the Women’s Movement in England, 1928-1964 was published in paperback in 2015 by Manchester University Press. Her current research projects include a study of female networks and the interwar peace movement in interwar Britain. Her new project traces the history of female networks and activism amongst voluntary women’s groups in England 1964-1980. Caitríona regularly presents her work at national and international conferences.
- Female networks, ageing and identity in late twentieth century England: the Mothers’ Union, (invited keynote address), West of England Women’s History Network Annual Conference, Bath, 7 July 2018
- Working as Feminist Historians in a Broken World: A Conversation (Invited Roundtable Panel member with Professor Claire Langhamer, Professor Lucy Robinson, Professor Sally Alexander, Professor Penny Summerfield and Dr Hestor Barron), Modern British Studies Conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 5-7 July 2017
- ‘Why we women must campaign for peace’: voluntary women’s organisations, citizenship rights and the gendering of the peace movement in England, 1918-1939’ (Invited Plenary Speaker), Gendering Peace in Europe, 1914-1945, University of Sheffield, 21 January 2017
- ‘Why we women must campaign for peace’: voluntary women’s organisations, citizenship rights and the gendering of the peace movement in England, 1918-1939’ (Invited Plenary Speaker)
- Gendering Peace in Europe, 1914-1945, University of Sheffield, 21 January 2017
Most recent publications
Beaumont, C The Transnational Women’s Suffrage Movement: how the vote was won in the USA, 1848-1920. documentation. Adam Matthew,
Beaumont, C After the Vote: Women, citizenship and the campaign for gender equality in the Irish Free State 1922-1943. In: Irish Women and the Vote: Becoming Citizens. Irish Academic Press, Dublin, Ireland, ISBN 9781788550130
Beaumont, C Housewives and Citizens: Encouraging Active Citizenship in the Print Media of Housewives' Associations during the Interwar Years. In: Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain: the Interwar Period. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, ISBN 978-1474412537
Beaumont, C What do women want? Housewives’ associations, activism and changing representations of women in the 1950s. In: Women in Fifties Britain: A New Look. Routledge, London, ISBN 9781138104617
Beaumont, C The Mothers' Union and the Women's Movement: a history of female activism 1876-2017. Families First,
Beaumont, C What Do Women Want? Housewives' Associations, Activism and Changing Representations of Women in the 1950s. Women's History Review, 26. 147-162. DOI 10.1080/09612025.2015.1123029
Beaumont, C What is a Wife? Reconstructing Domesticity in postwar Britain before The Feminine Mystique. History of Women in the Americas, 3. 61-76. DOI 10.14296/hwa.v3i0.2186
Beaumont, C Fighting for the Privileges of Citizenship: The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), feminism and the women's movement, 1928-1945. Women's History Review, 23. 463 - 479. DOI 10.1080/09612025.2013.820600More publications at LSBU Research Open
Caitríona is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Institute for Historical Research, Social History Society, Women’s History Network, Women’s History Association of Ireland and Voluntary Action History Society.
Caitríona is a committee member of the Voluntary Action History Society and sits on the Editorial Board for the journals Contemporary British History and Local Economy. She is a Consultant Editor for the Gender: Identity and Social Change project for the publisher Adam Matthew
Caitríona reviews book proposals and manuscripts for Manchester University Press and Liverpool University Press. She is a peer reviewer for the academic journals Twentieth Century British History, Gender and History, Women’s History Review, History of Education and Historical Research. She writes book reviews for a range of journals including Women’s History Review, Twentieth Century British History, Northern Scotland, Reviews in History and Saothar.
She has acted as a consultant for television programmes including Lucy Worsley’s 100 Years of the WI (BBC 2, 2015) and appeared as an expert on gender for ITV London News feature, 15 February 2016.
In February 2018 she made a short film with Channel 4 News to mark the centenary of the women’s suffrage in Britain and Ireland.