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Professor Patricia Thane FBA

History, Social History, Women's History, Political History, Economic History, History of Britain.
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About this Fellow

Pat Thane is Research Professor of Contemporary History, Kings College, London. She was previously Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Sussex, 1994-2001 and Leverhulme Professor of Contemporary British History at the Institute of Historical Research, 2001-2010. She studied History at Oxford. Her PhD was supervised by Brian Abel-Smith at LSE. She is currently writing a history of twentieth century Britain for CUP. She has been a Visiting Professor at Nanjing University, China, and in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Chile, New York.



Current post

  • Research Professor in Contemporary British History, King's College London

Past Appointments

  • Leverhulme Professor of Contemporary British History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, Institute of Historical Research University of London, 2001
  • Professor of Contemporary History, School for Global studies, University of Sussex, 1994 - 2001
  • Assistant Lecturer to Reader in Social History, Goldsmiths, University of London, 1967 - 1994

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How poverty in modern Britain echoes the past

Since the government’s introduction of Universal Credit, rough sleeping and demand at food banks have risen. This is less of a ‘turning-point’ for poverty in the UK than a re-turning point. Professor Pat Thane FBA explores how the extent and causes of poverty are much the same now as they were in 1900. 11 Jan 2019
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Seven Fellows of the British Academy respond to the Trump protests

Following the trend of his presidency so far, President Donald Trump’s current visit to the UK has proved controversial, leading to protests, counter-protests and even a giant ‘Trump Baby’ balloon. As debate rages around the best way to respond to this unorthodox leader, seven Fellows from across the humanities and social sciences give their perspective. 12 Jul 2018


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