Dr Laura King

Dr Laura King

Associate Professor of Modern British History

0113 3439626

Summary: Interests in the history of health, gender, the family and the life cycle in everyday life in twentieth-century Britain

Location: Parkinson Building, Room 4.31b

Teaching Commitments: In 2017/18, I'm on research leave.



Family Men: Fatherhood and Masculinity in Britain, c.1914-1960 (Oxford University Press, 2015)

The book has been reviewed by Dr Helen McCarthy on Reviews in History

Articles and chapters

‘Hiding in the Pub to Cutting the Cord? Men’s presence at childbirth in Britain c.1940s-2000s’, Social History of Medicine 30:2 (2017), pp.389-407

'Experiencing the Digital World: The Cultural Value of Digital Engagement with Heritage', Heritage and Society 9 (2016), pp.76-101 (co-authored with Paul Cooke and James Stark)

'Future Citizens: Cultural and Political Conceptions of Children in Britain, 1930s-1950s'Twentieth Century British History 27:3 (2016), pp.389-411

‘Engaging People in Making History: impact, public engagement and the world beyond the campus’, History Workshop Journal 80:1 (2015), pp.218-233 (co-written with Gary Rivett)

'The Perfect Man: Fatherhood, masculinity and romance in popular culture in mid-twentieth-century Britain', in A. Harris and T. Jones (eds), Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-1970 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp.41-60

‘‘Now you see a great many men pushing their pram proudly’: Family-orientated masculinity represented and experienced in mid-twentieth-century Britain’, Cultural and Social History 10:4 (November 2013), pp.599-617

‘Hidden Fathers? The Significance of Fatherhood in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain’, Contemporary British History 26:1 (March 2012), pp.25-46

Other publications

I've written book reviews for Twentieth Century British History, English Historical Review, Women's History Review and the IHR's Reviews in History. I've also written an introduction to a published play, Babakas, Our Fathers, and I've written articles for History & Policy, Wellcome History magazine, Dadzclub, Cambridge Adjunct magazine, and Warwick Knowledge Centre. My research has also been featured in the BBC History Magazine, the BBC website, The Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Mail, Who Do You Think You Are magazine, Yorkshire Post, Times of India, and The Practising Midwife, amongst others.