My C.V.

Dr Rae (Rachel) Ritchie

As a pdf download: Rae Ritchie CV

See also: Rae Ritchie Publications List

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  • Positions held

Senior writer, SevenC3, April 2018 – ongoing

Freelance writer, September 2016 – ongoing

Honorary Research Fellow, Brunel University London, January 2011 – July 2016

Tutor, Warwickshire County Council Adult Learning Services, April 2014 – May 2016

Co-convenor of ‘Women in US History’ module for Iowa State University ‘Study Abroad’ programme, Spring/Summer 2013 and 2014

Research Assistant to Professor Jay Kleinberg, January 2011 – May 2016

Associate Editor, European Review of History / Revue européenne d’histoire, July 2006 – July 2016

Convenor, Gender and History in the Americas Seminar Series at the Institute for Historical Research, London, October 2012 – June 2016

Convenor of the Women in Magazines network, June 2012 – May 2016

Associate Editor, History of Women in the Americas, January 2011 – May 2016

Secretary, Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW), January 2011 – May 2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Manchester, 2006 – 2010

Support worker for deaf students, City College Manchester, 2005 -2006

Accounts assistant, Catering Alliance, 2003 – 2004


  • Education

Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring, University of Warwick, 2014 – 2015

PhD, University of Manchester, 2005 – 2010, ‘The housewife and the modern: the home and appearance in women’s magazines, 1954-1969’

MA Modern British History, Distinction, University of Manchester, 2004 – 2005

BA Hons History, 1st Class, University of Nottingham, 2000 – 2003

A’levels, King Edward College, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, 1998 – 2000

History A, Politics A, English Literature A, French B


  • Professional memberships and speaking engagements

Warwickshire Federation of Women’s Institutes speaker, 2018 – ongoing

Guest lecturer on fashion history, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, November 2011 and February 2016

Guest lecturer on women’s magazines, Kingston University, January 2015

Member of the European Society for Periodical Research, April 2014 – May 2016

Member of the Women’s History Network, September 2005 – May 2016

Speaker at the Nuneaton Historical Association, November 2015

Speaker at Purl Jam WI, March 2014

Speaker at Oxford Fashion Week, August 2013

Steering Group member, ‘Faith and Action: Quaker Aspects of World War One’ project, 2012 – 2015

Steering Group member, Brunel Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, 2011 – 2012


  • Other awards and prizes

Clare Evans National Academic Prize for Best New Essay in the Field of Women’s History/Gender and History, 2012

AHRC Doctoral Award, 2006 – 2009

AHRC Research Preparation Master’s Scheme award, 2004 – 2005

Faculty of Arts prize, University of Nottingham, 2002

AC Woods prize for History, University of Nottingham, 2002

The Arthur Gooder Memorial Award, Coventry Historical Association, 2000


  • Consultancy

Documentary on Joan Bakewell, BBC, April 2013

Proposed women’s history television programme linked to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Handle and Spout Production Company, July 2011

‘Grace Kelly – Style Icon’ exhibition at the V&A Museum, London, April – September 2010


  • Recent papers

‘“I wanted to give a cultural face to older women”: Jane Fonda and her project of ageing’, Lifecycles Seminar, Institute for Historical Research, London (UK), January 2016

‘The Four Sisters of ’72: New Women’s Magazines and their Editors in Britain during the early 1970s’, Backroom Business: The Production of Periodicals, European Society for Periodical Research conference, University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands), April 2014

‘“All things to some women most of the time”: but only if you’re white and middle-class: Gender, race and social class in Candida’, Gender, Race and Representation in Magazines and New Media conference, Cornell University (USA), October 2013

‘Young Women in Woman: Representations of youthful femininity in the “world’s greatest weekly for women”, 1954-1969’, Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production and Consumption conference, Kingston University, July 2012

‘From Catwalk Collections to Kay’s Catalogue: The Women’s Institute, Rural Life and Fashionable Dress in Post-war Britain’, Developments in Dress History conference, University of Brighton, December 2011

‘The Marrying Kind’ and ‘the Freedom-Lovers’: Women and 1960s socio-cultural change in Woman magazine’, Women’s History Network West Midlands, University of Worcester, November 2010

‘And he called us the ‘Hollywood Glamour Girls’: the body and beauty in 1950s women’s magazines’, ‘The Glamorous Woman’ workshop, ESRC ‘Women in the 1950s’ Seminar Series, University of Manchester, November 2009

‘“For with us, electricity is a ‘must’”: the home and lifestyle in 1950s women’s magazines’, Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Warwick, April 2009

‘“Turn to me” says Ursula Bloom: Advice in women’s magazines in the 1950s and 1960s’, ‘Advice to Mothers’ workshop, University of Warwick, April 2008


  • Experience of presenting research to non-academic audiences

NB I have also delivered a number of workshops, short courses and lectures as part of my roles as tutor for Warwickshire County Council Adult and Community Learning Services and as a guest lecturer at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.

‘British Women’s Magazines in the Twentieth Century’, workshop with The Be Curious Club, London, January 2017

‘Women’s Lives in the 1950s’ talk given to Purl Jam WI, Warwickshire, March 2014

‘Women’s Magazines: how they’re written and how we read them’ interactive session for Warwickshire County Council Adult Learning Services, December 2013

‘Reminisces of the 1950s housewives’ talk given to Townswomen’s Guild, Manchester, February 2007

‘Reminisces of 1950s housewives’ talk given to The Pleasant Tuesday Afternoons Group, Manchester, February 2007

‘British housewives in the 1950s’ talk given to the New Horizons Ladies Group, Manchester, June 2006


  • Events organised

‘Tiny Wardrobe on Tour’, the only European date of Courtney Carver’s travels with her tiny wardrobe, Friends House, April 2016

‘Gender and History in the Americas’, monthly seminar series at the Institute for Historical Research, London, October 2012 – June 2016

‘Ms/Representation: Mass Media and Feminisms in Historical Context’, University of Westminster, London, November 2014

‘Women as Wives and Workers: Marking Fifty Years of The Feminine Mystique’, Royal Holloway University of London, London, November 2013

‘In Conversation: Jay Kleinberg and Jessie Ramey on gender and social policy in the US, 1880-2000’, Institute for Historical Research, London, June 2013

‘Postgraduate and Early Career Scholar Research Training Workshop’, Royal Holloway University of London, May 2013

‘Does Queer History Have a Future’, lecture by Professor Laura Doan as part of the Brunel Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality events programme, February 2013

‘Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production, Consumption’ conference, Kingston University, July 2012

‘History of Women in the Americas’ conference, Brunel University, March 2012

Reading Women’s History: Roundtable Discussion about Scholarship on Women’s History in the Americas’ roundtable, Institute for the Study of the Americas, November 2012

‘History of Women in the Americas’ conference, Brunel University, July 2011

‘Women’s History: Where Next?’ roundtable, Brunel University, March 2011

‘Home, Nation and Empire: Readings of gender from the C18th to the present day’ conference, University of Manchester, July 2007

‘Sexuality, the Body and Gender’ conference, University of Manchester, June 2007

References available upon request