Selina Todd

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Selina Todd, FRHistS (born 1975) is an English academic historian focusing on the working-classes in modern Britain. In 2015, Todd was appointed a Professor of Modern British History at the University of Oxford and, as of 2016, is vice-principal of St Hilda's College, Oxford.

Early life[edit]

Selina Todd was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975 and, after schooling at a state comprehensive, she completed her undergraduate degree in history at Warwick University. After working in Canada and Cuba, she took a master of arts degree and then a doctor of philosophy degree in history at the University of Sussex.[1]


After holding a Scouloudi Fellowship and Economic and Social Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research,[2] Todd was elected to the Ottilie Hancock Research Fellowship in History at Girton College, Cambridge, in 2004.[3] The following year, she was appointed a lecturer at Warwick University,[4] and in 2007 took a lectureship in modern British history at the University of Manchester.[2] In 2010, she was appointed a Fellow at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and a lecturer in history at the University of Oxford.[5] In 2015, she was awarded the title of Professor of Modern History by the university.[6] She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and, as of 2016, is vice-principal of St Hilda's.[7]

Todd's research focuses on the history of the working-class, gender and feminism in modern Britain.[7]

In July 2017, it was announced that Todd had accepted nomination as the President of the Socialist Educational Association.[8]

Select bibliography[edit]

  • The People: the Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910–2010 (London: John Murray, 2014).
  • "Class, experience and Britain's Twentieth Century", Social History, 2014
  • "Family Welfare and Social Work in Postwar England", English Historical Review, 2014
  • "People Matter: the legacy of E.P.Thompson's Making of the English Working Class", History Workshop Journal, 2013
  • "Domestic Service and Class Relations in Britain, 1900–1950", Past and Present, 2009
  • "Affluence, Class and Crown Street: Reinvestigating the Post-War Working Class", Contemporary British History, 2008, pp. 501–518
  • Young Women, Work, and Family in England 1918-1950 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).


  1. ^ "Selina Todd (History 1997)", Development and Alumni Relations, University of Sussex. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Dr Selina Todd", The University of Manchester. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  3. ^ "College notices: Girton College", Reporter (Cambridge University), 28 July 2004. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Warwick welcomes - Dr Selina Todd", University of Warwick. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Appointments, Reappointments, and Conferments of Title", Oxoford University Gazette, 1 July 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Recognition of Distinction: Successful Applicants 2015", The University of Oxford Gazette, no. 510915, October 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Academic Staff – Dr Selina Todd", St Hilda's College, Oxford. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Professor Selina Todd will be the new President of the Socialist Education Association". St Hilda's College, University of Oxford. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.

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