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.


My research focuses on the social and cultural history of everyday family life, health and medicine, and gender in modern Britain. Having completed a BA in Modern History and Politics and MA in Twentieth-Century History at the University of Sheffield, I started a PhD entitled 'Fatherhood and Masculinity in Britain, c.1918-1960'. This was supported by an AHRC Doctoral Award, and awarded in 2011. Following this, I took up a position as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, where I ran a public engagement project, 'Hiding in the Pub to Cutting the Cord? Fatherhood and Childbirth in Britain from the 1950s to the Present'

I moved to Leeds in 2012, to take up a position as Arts Engaged Fellow (2012-15), reflecting my growing interest in collaboration with partners and audiences beyond the campus. In September 2015, I took up the position of University Academic Fellow in the History of Health, Family and the Everyday, and in May 2017 became Associate Professor in Modern British History. I'm a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Social History Society, Women's History Network and Oral History Society. I am also on the management board of History & Policy.

You can follow me on twitter @DrLauraKing.