Ben Mechen is Teaching Fellow in Modern British and European History. He is a historian of modern Britain with a particular interest in the politics of sexual health, reproduction, pleasure and representation as well as the history of alternative cultures. He completed his PhD at UCL with a thesis on 'Everyday Sex in 1970s Britain' and in 2016-17 was Teaching Fellow in Modern British History at the University of Birmingham. He is currently working on his first book, Responsible Pleasures: Sex in Britain after the Revolution, which examines how understandings of sexual liberalism, 'good' sex and the 'healthy' sexual subject changed during the 1970s and 1980s.
He also has a number of other research projects underway, including a co-edited book on masculinities in twentieth-century Britain, and articles on the sexual self in the age of pornographic reproduction, the Baader-Meinhof Group and Anglo-German feeling in the 1970s, Walter Segal and self-build housing in 1980s Lewisham, and the politics and policing of sound between the 1994 Criminal Justice Act and the creation of Form 696.
- Ben Mechen, '"Closer together": Durex condoms and contraceptive consumerism in 1970s Britain,' in Jennifer Evans and Ciara Meehan (eds.), Perceptions of pregnancy from the seventeenth to the twentieth century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 213-236.
- This Time Next Year, We'll be Millionaires: British Society and Culture in the 1980s (second-year undergraduate research seminar)
- European Fin-de-Siècle: A Cultural and Social History (second- and third-year advanced seminar course)
- Approaches to Transnational Studies: Core Readings, Social Theory and Case Studies (MA Transnational Studies core course)
- Crisis and Future in 19th Century European Thought (MA elective course)
- Pornography, Obscenity and Politics in Europe since 1789 (MA elective course)