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University of Lincoln
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United Kingdom

About Krista Cowman

I came to Lincoln in 2006 as Professor of History after working in the School of Cultural Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University, and the Department of History, University of York.  My doctoral research centred on women and politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and used Liverpool as a case study for investigating the impact of the suffrage campaign on a range of other political organisations.  This led to more detailed research on women who worked as paid organisers for the militant Women’s Social and Political Union.  I have published a number of books and articles on these themes, as well as consulting and appearing in various radio and television projects. More recently I have been looking at women’s lives in a number of different contexts; as ‘war brides’ in France during World War One, as campaigners for post-war reconstruction in and out of Parliament in Britain, and in a number of community campaigns for safe play areas in the inter-and post-war period through which women attempted to shape and control their own environments.

Department Responsibilities

Director of Research, College of Arts

Subject Specialism

Women’s History, Modern British history, Women and Politics


  • D.Phil Women’s Studies — York, 1994
  • MA History of the European Labour Movements — London, 1990
  • BA with Cert Ed — Keele, 1987


I regularly give public lectures and talks on my research.  Recent events have included Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art International Women’s Day Inaugural Lecture, House of Commons. ‘Margot Asquith and the Role of the Political Hostess.’  ( Women’s History Network Annual Women’s Day Lecture, Women’s Library, London ‘History and Feminism in Britain.’ Media Consultancy Historical Advisor ‘The Suffragette’ feature film (UK 2015). Historical Consultant ‘Death at the Derby’  Lion TV/Channel 4 (first broadcast May 2013). Radio Interviewed contributor ‘Early women drivers’, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (January 2014). 2013 Interviewed contributor (3 episodes) ‘British Conservatism, The Grand Tour’ (Radio 4, 8, 9, 10 September 2013). Panellist, ‘Suffragette Special’, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (26 July 2013). Contributor, ‘Deeds not Words’ documentary on Emily Wilding Davison, BBC Radio 4 (10 May 2013). Interviewed contributor ‘Suffragette oral history’ BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, (10 February 2012). Panellist, ‘Suffragism’, BBC Radio 4 In Our Time (16 April 2009). Interviewed contributor, ‘Suffrage activism’, BBC Radio 4 Things We Forgot To Remember Series 3 Episode 1 (broadcast 24 December 2007). Interviewed contributor, ‘Centenary of the NUWSS Mud March’, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (broadcast 9 February 2007). Interviewed contributor, ‘Mary Gawthorpe’, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (broadcast 22 March 2003). Panellist, ‘The Women’s Library’ hour-long special, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (broadcast 31 January 2002). Television Interviewed contributor, ‘Emily Wilding Davison’ Find my Past (Lion TV, December 2011). Interviewed Contributor, ‘War Women’ (Eagle Media, First Broadcast Summer 2003). Other Contributor ‘The Historian and the Home Movie’ MACE/BBC History Magazine, January 2014.

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Research Projects

  • ‘Exploring Culture in the Home’ (Cultural Value Workshop) — AHRC in 2014
  • ‘Alternate Spaces of the Great War’ Research Networking Grant (Co-Investigator, P.I. Dr Angela Smith, University of Plymouth) — AHRC in 2013
  • European Proposal Support Grant — AHRC in 2012
  • ‘Women in British Politics’ Conference Organisation — Royal Historical Society in 2010
  • ‘Women in British Politics’ Conference Organisation — Lincoln Records Society in 2010
  • European Feminism’s Engagement with its Own Past — European Science Foundation in 2009
  • Networking Grant — HERA in 2008
  • ‘Life Behind the Lines on the Western Front’ — British Academy in 2007
  • Research Leave — AHRC in 2004
  • Travel Grant — Leeds Literary and Philosophic Society in 2002
  • Suffrage Organisers — British Academy in 2002
  • ‘Women and Work Culture’ Conference Organisation — British Academy in 2002
  • Feminist Pedagogy — University of York/University College of Ripon and York St John Teaching Innovations Fund in 1997
  • PhD Studentship — ESRC in 1990

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