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Professor Selina Todd


BA (Warwick), MA, D.Phil (Sussex), FRHistS

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Professor Selina Todd

Teaching and Research

Professor Selina Todd is a Lecturer in Modern British History and a Fellow of St Hilda's where she is also Vice-Principal. She was educated at a comprehensive school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and at the Universities of Sussex and Warwick.

Selina's research interests focus on working-class, women's and feminist history in modern Britain. Her research has been funded by the Economic  and Social Research Council, Arts Council England, the Economic History Society and the Royal Historical Society. She is currently working on two projects: a biographical study of the playwright Shelagh Delaney that situates her in the broader history of British feminism, and a study of social mobility since the 19th century.

Selina teaches courses on modern British history and women's history at undergraduate and graduate level, including the Special Subject Britain from the Bomb to the Beatles: gender, class and social change, 1945-1967, and the MSt option Women's Lives, Life Writing and Historical Change. She is keenly interested in widening access to higher education and is always delighted to receive applications from students from non-selective state schools and colleges. She welcomes applications from potential DPhil students (part-time or full-time) who share any of her research interests.

Recent Publications


The People: the rise and fall of the working class 1910-2010 (John Murray, London, 2014).

Young Women, Work, and Family in England 1918-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2005).


'Class, experience and Britain's Twentieth Century', Social History, 2014

'Family Welfare and Social Work in Postwar England', English Historical Review, 2014

'People Matter: the legacy of E.P.Thompson's Making of the English Working Class', History Workshop Journal, 2013

'Domestic Service and Class Relations in Britain, 1900-1950', Past and Present, 2009

'Affluence, Class and Crown Street: Reinvestigating the Post-War Working Class', Contemporary British History, 2008, pp.501-518