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Dr Lyndsey Jenkins

Deputy Director of Mile End Institute & Leverhulme Early Career Fellow


Lyndsey Jenkins is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on Labour women MPs between 1945 and 1979.


Research Interests:

I am a historian of women, politics and activism. I joined the school of history in September 2021 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. I am currently working on a history of the women MPs elected to represent the Labour Party between 1945 and 1979. I am a Deputy Director at the Mile End Institute, Queen Mary's Centre for Politics, Policy and Public Life. My doctoral research was undertaken at Wolfson College, Oxford, jointly funded by the AHRC and the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing. I have also been generously supported by the British Federation of Women Graduates, a Bryce Research Studentship from the University of Oxford, and the North American Conference on British Studies. Before joining Queen Mary, I had teaching posts at St John's, Mansfield and Magdalen colleges, Oxford, as well as King's College, London and the University of Reading. I am the secretary of the national Women's History Network. Prior to my academic career, I was a civil servant for ten years, and for most of that time was a government speechwriter working for cabinet ministers on issues relating to education, housing and local government.



Sisters and Sisterhood: The Kenney Sisters, Class and Suffrage c.1890-1965 (OUP, 2021)
Co-edited with Alexandra-Hughes Johnson: The Politics of Women's Suffrage: Local, National and International Dimensions (University of London Press, 2021)
Lady Constance Lytton: Aristocrat, Suffragette, Martyr (London, 2015) Shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed/Biographers Club Best First Biography Prize and a Sunday Times Biography of the Year
‘It wasn't like that at all’: memory, identity and legacy in Jessie Kenney's The Flame and The Flood, Women's History Review, 29/6 (2020) 
Annie Kenney and the Politics of Class in the Women’s Social and Political Union, Twentieth Century British History, 30/4 (2019) 
‘Suffrage and Political Parties’ for Krista Cowman, ed., The Routledge Companion to British Women’s Suffrage (Routledge, 2021)
‘Feminism in Britain and its Empire’, for Susie Steinbach and Martin Hewitt, eds., Nineteenth Century British Society: Routledge Historical Resources ed. (, 2020)
‘Singing The Red Flag for suffrage: gender, class and feminism in the Canning Town Branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union’, for Senia Pašeta, Alexandra Hughes-Johnson and Lyndsey Jenkins, eds., Women’s Suffrage and Beyond: Local, National and International Contexts (University of London Press, 2021)
‘Introduction’, for Senia Pašeta, Alexandra Hughes-Johnson and Lyndsey Jenkins, eds., Women’s Suffrage and Beyond: Local, National and International Contexts (University of London Press, 2021)
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Minnie Baldock (1864-1964), Jessie Kenney (1887-1985), Edith Lees (1861-1916), Ishbel Hamilton-Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair (1857-1939)


Public Engagement

I am very interested in public engagement. My research has been featured across the BBC, including the Today programme, World At One, and Newshour as well as online. You can see an example here. assisted in curating the exhibition From Sappho to Suffrage: Women Who Dared at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, including creating a resource pack for schools using the collection material. I have addressed audiences ranging from school children to city workers on the historical significance and contemporary legacy of the suffrage campaign. I'd be delighted to talk with you about any aspect of women and British politics - especially suffrage or Labour politics - over the past two centuries.

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