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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

  • Visiting Professor in History, Birkbeck College London

Past Appointments

  • Research Professor in Contemporary British History, King's College London, 2010 - 2020
  • Leverhulme Professor of Contemporary British History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 2001 - 2010
  • Professor of Contemporary History, 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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