Dr Kelly King Boyd, BA (Mount Holyoke), MA (Tennessee), PhD (Rutgers)

Postwar British culture

Dr Kelly Boyd has taught British and U.S. history, particularly gender history in the U.S. and the UK, most recently at Middlesex University.  Her research interests have focused on two main areas: masculinity in Britain from the Victorian period to the Second World War and, more recently, the early history of television in Britain, especially its responses to the threat of Americanization.  From 2004 to 2010 she served as the Treasurer of the Social History Society of the UK and continues to be a co-convenor of the Women’s History and Gender History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research.  She is a member of the Editorial Board of Cultural and Social History.  Her recent publications include work on American television programmes on the BBC between 1946 and 1955 and a consideration of the cultural meaning of the western in British society, particularly in reference to television between 1946 and 1962.  In 2011, she also co-edited with Dr Mark Hampton (Lingnan University, Hong Kong) a special issue of Media History focussing on Television and Cultural History in the Anglophone World and in 2007 co-edited with Dr Rohan McWilliam (Anglia Ruskin University), The Victorian Studies Reader


Publications include:

 ‘The Western and British Identity on British Television’ in Leisure and Cultural Conflict in Twentieth-Century Britain, edited by Brett Bebber (Manchester University Press, 2012), 109-128.

‘Television and Cultural History in the Anglophone World’ and ‘Cowboys, Comedy and Crime: American Programmes on BBC Television, 1946-1955’ in Media History 17/3 (August 2011), 203-12 and 233-252.

Manliness and the Boys’ Story Paper in Britain: A Cultural History, 1855-1940 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

‘Introduction’ (with Rohan McWilliam), The Victorian Studies Reader, edited by Kelly Boyd and Rohan McWilliam (Routledge, 2007)

(as editor) Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing (Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999)


Dr Kelly King Boyd, BA (Mount Holyoke), MA (Tennessee), PhD (Rutgers) | Institute of Historical Research


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