PhD student, University of Cambridge

Katrina is one of the Social History Society’s two elected postgraduate representatives.

She was awarded a  BA in History from the University of Durham in 2013 and an MA in Social and Economic History (Research Methods), also from Durham, in 2015. Her MA degree was funded by an award from the Economic and Social Research Council and her dissertation centred on the social and cultural history of women’s drinking in Britain between 1933 and 1960, with a particular focus on the historical interplay between cultural norms and social practices. It was awarded the Michie MA Prize in History for best performance in the MA Dissertation in 2014.

Katrina’s doctoral research investigates changing attitudes towards food and body weight in post-war Britain (c. 1954­–1990). Ranging across the subjects of domestic food work, family eating patterns, weight management, and social and health inequality, it asks how a variety of historical ideas might be traced out through the landscape of food consumption and food concern.

Her other research interests, both within this project and more broadly, include: the study of everyday life in modern Britain; the methodological challenges of doing (very) contemporary history; and the social and cultural meanings implicit within acts of consumption (esp. smoking, drinking, and drug use).