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University of Cambridge
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    Professor Lucy Delap

    01223 762277
    Murray Edwards College
    CB3 0DF

    Professorial Fellow in History; Director of Studies



    I’m delighted to be part of a college that prioritises the academic success of young women, and supports them in positive and proactive ways in their personal lives and future careers. I enjoy working surrounded by stimulating colleagues, gorgeous gardens and The Women's Art Collection.

    Degrees and honours

    MA; PhD

    Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

    Awards and prizes

    Royal Historical Society Public History Prize (Policy and Public Debate), Pilkington Prize, Women’s History Network Prize


    Lucy Delap is a Reader in modern British and gender history at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Murray Edwards College. She works on the history of child sexual abuse, and is Senior Editor of History & Policy. She has published widely on the history of feminism, gender, labour and religion, including the prize-winning The Feminist Avant-Garde: Transatlantic Encounters of the early twentieth century in 2007, and Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain in 2011. She directs the studies of the third year historians at Murray Edwards.

    Selected publications

    "Feminisms: a global history" (Penguin, 2020)

    "Disgusting details which are best forgotten": Disclosures of Child Sexual Abuse in Twentieth Century Britain, Journal of British Studies, 57:1 (2018), pp.79-107

    'Feminism, masculinities and emotional politics in the late twentieth century', Cultural and Social History, 15:4, 571-593 (2018)

    ‘Feminist Bookshops, Reading Cultures and the Women’s Liberation Movement in Great Britain, c. 1974–2000’, History Workshop Journal, 81, Spring 2016.

    Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Britain since 1890, (Co-edited with Sue Morgan) Palgrave Macmillan, (2013)

    Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain (Oxford University Press, 2011)

    ‘The Woman Question and the Origins of Feminism’ in The Cambridge History of  Nineteenth Century Political Thought, ed. Gareth Stedman Jones and Gregory Claeys, Cambridge University Press, (2011)

    Feminist media history: Suffrage, periodicals and the public sphere, jointly authored with Maria DiCenzo and Leila Ryan, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

    The Feminist Avant-Garde: Transatlantic Encounters of the Early Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2007). 

    ‘“Thus does man prove his fitness to be the master of things”: Shipwrecks, Chivalry and Masculinities in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Britain’, Cultural and Social History, 3, pp. 45-74, (2006).