Catherine Hall

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Catherine Hall FBA (born 1946 in Kettering) is a British feminist historian. She is the daughter of John, a Baptist minister, and Gladys, who came from a family of millers.[1] Since 2009, she has been Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London. Her work explores the interrelation between metropole and colony in an attempt to rewrite the narrative of certain aspects of 'British history' in the mid-nineteenth century empire period.

She married Professor Stuart Hall in 1964, with whom she had two children.[2]

Supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions-movement in 2014 she rejected the award of the Dan David Prize from the Dan David Foundation in Tel Aviv, Israel. [3]

In July 2018 she was elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[4]


  • Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class 1780-1850 (1987, new edition 2002, with Leonore Davidoff)
  • White, Male And Middle-Class: Explorations In Feminism And History (1992)
  • Gendered Nations: Nationalisms And Gender Order In The Long Nineteenth Century (2000 editor, with Ida Blom and Karen Hagemann)
  • Defining The Victorian Nation: Class, Race, Gender And The British Reform Act Of 1867 (2000, editor, with Keith McClelland and Jane Rendall)
  • Cultures Of Empire: Colonisers In Britain And The Empire In Nineteenth And Twentieth Centuries (2000, editor)
  • Civilising Subjects: Metropole And Colony In The English Imagination, 1830-1867 (2002)
  • Race, Nation and Empire: Making Histories, 1750 to the Present (2010, editor, with Keith McClelland)
  • Macaulay and Son: Architects of Imperial Britain (2012)


  1. ^ HALL, STUART. (2018). FAMILIAR STRANGER : a life between two islands. [Place of publication not identified]: PENGUIN Books. ISBN 0-14-198475-9. OCLC 1005885722.
  2. ^ David Morley and Bill Schwarz, "Stuart Hall obituary", The Guardian, 10 February 2014.
  3. ^ "One of Britain's most famous academics refuses Israeli award". The Independent. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Record number of academics elected to British Academy | British Academy". British Academy. Retrieved 22 July 2018.

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