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Professor June Purvis

  • Qualifications: PhD (Open University)
  • Role Title: Emeritus Professor of Women's and Gender History
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2202
  • Email: june.purvis@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Biography

June Purvis’s main interests are in women’s and gender history in Modern Britain (19th and 20th centuries). Her specialism is the suffragette movement in Edwardian Britain on which she has published extensively. Her book Emmeline Pankhurst: a biography (2002) received critical acclaim and her Christabel Pankhurst: a biography will be published by Routledge in January 2018. Her co-edited Women’s Activism: global perspectives from the 1890s to the present (2013) looks at the international dimensions of women’s activism. June is also the Editor of the international journal Women’s History Review, the Editor of Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts and Editor for a Women’s and Gender Book Series with Routledge. She contributes to BBC History Magazine and reviews for Times Education Supplement and Times Literary Supplement. She is the Chair of the Women’s History Network (2014-8) and is the Secretary and Treasurer of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (2015-20). She has made frequent appearances on BBC radio and TV, including Daily Politics, and was one of the historical advisers for the feature film Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep.

Research

The suffragette movement in Edwardian Britain; its leading figures, including Christabel Pankhurst; women's biographies and autobiographies.

Research Clusters

  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Social, Historical and Cultural Change in Europe

Discipline Areas

  • History
  • Sociology
  • Film, Politics and Media Studies

Impact

The main non-academic user groups, beneficiaries or audiences that June Purvis engages with are media engagements on radio, TV and in popular magazines, and public lectures to local communities.  The main types of impact are public engagement with key users.

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