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Dr Rebecca Jennings

Rebecca Jennings completed her PhD at the University of Manchester, where she taught for a few years before taking up a research fellowship at Macquarie University, Sydney. After moving back to the UK she joined UCL History, where she was a teaching fellow for some years before being appointed lecturer in 2018.

Rebecca teaches on the history of gender and sexuality in modern Britain. Her research focuses on twentieth-century British and Australian lesbian history and she is the author of Tomboys and Bachelor Girls: A lesbian history of post-war Britain (2007); A Lesbian History of Britain: Love and sex between women since 1500 (2007); and Unnamed Desires: A Sydney lesbian history (2015). Rebecca is currently completing a monograph arising from her Australian Research Council-funded research into 'Lesbian Practices of Intimacy in Britain and Australia, 1945-2010', which traces lesbian relationship models and parenting practices in post-war Britain and Australia.

Major publications

  • Tomboys and Bachelor Girls: A lesbian history of post-war Britain (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2007)
  • A Lesbian History of Britain: Love and sex between women since 1500 (Santa Barbara: Greenwood World Publishing, 2007)
  • Unnamed Desires: A Sydney lesbian history (Melbourne: Monash UP, 2015)

For a full list of publications, see Rebecca's Iris profile.

Media appearances

Teaching

  • Gender and Sexuality in Transnational Perspective: 1850s-1980s (advanced seminar)
  • Oral History and the Making of British Social History (research seminar)
  • Advanced Skills, Concepts and Theory for MA Historians (MA compulsory module)