Sonya Rose

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Sonya O. Rose (1935 – October 15, 2020) was an American historian, sociologist, and academic.[1] She received her B.A. degree from Antioch College in 1958, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University in 1962 and 1974, respectively.[2]


Rose is an expert in the role of gender identity in British history, with a particular emphasis on the role of the woman in industrial development during the 19th and 20th centuries, and domestically during World War II.[3] She has conducted detailed research into the capitalist society, industrialization and the role of women in factories during these periods, including an insight into the age of women with children working in factories, in professions such as lace clipping in Nottinghamshire.[4][5] Historian Angela Woollacott notes that according to Rose, class and gender are not separate systems or structures in 19th century industrial England, but the "content of class relations is gendered and the content of gender distinctions and gender relations is 'classed'".[6] Rose has also commented on the roles of civic republicanism and citizenship during World War II.[7]


Rose's 1974 dissertation was titled, Managing uncertainty: The honeymoon period of new patients on an adolescent ward. She has authored books such as Limited Livelihoods: Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century England (University of California Press, 1992), Gender and Class in Modern Europe (Cornell University Press, 1996), Gender, Citizenship, and Subjectivities (Blackwell Publishers, 2002) and At Home with the Empire: Metropolitan Culture and the Imperial World, (Cambridge University Press, 2006), co-edited with Catherine Hall.[8] In 2010, Rose wrote a book on What is Gender History?, which Katie Close of the University of Glasgow describes as featuring "discussions of bodies and sexuality, gender and race/class, masculinities and the contributions of gender historians to central historical topics and themes, including wars and revolution".[9] Other works include 'Gender at work' : Sex, class and industrial capitalism and Which people's war? : national identity and citizenship in Britain, 1939-1945 (2003).


Rose died on October 15, 2020 in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 84.[10]


  1. ^ "Professor Sonya O.Rose". Birbeck University of London. Birbeck University of London. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Faculty History Project". University of Michigan.
  3. ^ "Professor Sonya O. Rose". Birkbeck, University of London. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  4. ^ Lees, Lynn Hollen (28 January 1998). The Solidarities of Strangers: The English Poor Laws and the People, 1700-1948. Cambridge University Press. p. 174. ISBN 978-0-521-57261-3.
  5. ^ Szreter, Simon (25 July 2002). Fertility, Class and Gender in Britain, 1860-1940. Cambridge University Press. p. 500. ISBN 978-0-521-52868-9.
  6. ^ Woollacott, Angela (1994). On Her Their Lives Depend: Munitions Workers in the Great War. University of California Press. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-520-91465-0.
  7. ^ Grayzel, Susan R. (9 January 2012). At Home and Under Fire: Air Raids and Culture in Britain from the Great War to the Blitz. Cambridge University Press. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-139-50250-4.
  8. ^ "Honorary Professor Sonya Rose". Department of History, University of Warwick. Archived from the original on 24 November 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  9. ^ "What is Gender History? by Sonya O. Rose" (PDF). The Kelvingrove Review, University of Glasgow. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  10. ^ "In Memoriam: Sonya Orleans Rose (1935-2020)". University of Michigan. Retrieved 7 November 2020.