Jessica is University Academic Fellow in Legacies of War at the University of Leeds. She graduated from Yale University in 1999 and holds an MPhil in European Studies and a PhD in Modern History from the University of Cambridge.
Her primary fields of interest are the history of gender, particularly masculine identity, and the medical history of war and conflict. Her monograph on British soldiers’ masculine identity during the First World War, Men of War: Masculinity and the First World War in Britain, is published by Palgrave Macmillan. From 2011 to 2015 she held a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities at the University Leeds and is currently finishing the book related to this project. She has also published on the history of war disability, middlebrow, detective and adventure fiction, and representations of the First World War in popular culture.
Since September 2015 Jessica has been leading the Men, Women and Care project, five-year project, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant, examining the gendering of formal and informal forms of medical and social care for disabled British ex-servicemen after the First World War. Using data drawn from personal pension files now held by the National Archives, the project will uncover the types of medical and social care provided by the State, charities and the family and explore how these groups of care providers related to each other. In doing so, it seeks to explore how medical and social care were shaped by gender in a key period of for British medical history.
Follow Jessica on Twitter at @thehistorygirl1.
Contributor to ‘What now for UK academia? Twelve academics on Brexit’, 27 June 2016.