Professor Alison Light is a historian, writer and critic. She is an honorary professor in the Department of English at University College, London, Honorary Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh University and a Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford. She is the author of the much-acclaimed Mrs Woolf and the Servants and Common People. A History of an English Family, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Here latest book, A Radical Romance, was published in October 2019).
Dr Julia Laite is a Reader in Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London and the Birkbeck Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre, which is dedicated to fostering the widest possible participation in historical practice and debate. The Centre will be running a series of Family History Workshops in 2020—do sign up to the mailing list! Her forthcoming book, The Girl who Disappears, uses genealogical and archival research to tell the story of a young New Zealand woman who was trafficked into the global sex industry in 1910, as well as the stories of her traffickers and their prosecutors. It will be published by Profile Books in early 2021.
Dr Mark Curthoys is Senior Editor at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, at Oxford University, with responsibility for the ODNB's nineteenth and twentieth-century coverage. His own research has been in two areas: first, nineteenth-century public policy in relation to the legalization of trade unions and the de-criminalization of strikes; and secondly, the history of higher education in the nineteenth century, and especially the Victorian culture of examinations, social mobility and career patterns, and the prosopography of the emergent teaching body.
Alison, Julia and Mark will be joined from the IHR by Dr Hannah Elias, Dr Matthew Shaw and Dr Philip Carter.