Karen Hunt Committee member
Karen Hunt is a former Chair of the Social History Society.
She has published widely on the gendering of politics in modern Britain. Her most recent work is on women’s activism around the politics of food in First World War Britain, on political tourism and on transnational networks of radicals across the British Empire. Many of these interests have emerged from her biographical work on Dora Montefiore. Fascination with Montefiore has prompted journeys into many historiographies (suffrage history, communist history, and the role of scandal in politics) as well as physical journeys following in Montefiore’s footsteps in Australia, South Africa, and Scandinavia.
Over many years she has worked to promote women’s history: locally through Manchester Women’s History Group; nationally through the Women’s History Network; and internationally as a board member of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History.
- 'The Local and the Everyday: Interwar Women's Politics' in The Local Historian (2012)
- 'Rethinking Activism: Lessons from the History of Women's Politics' in Parliamentary Affairs (2011)
- Equivocal Feminists: The Social Democratic Federation and the Woman Question, 1884-1911 (2002)
- Socialist Women: Britain, 1880s to 1920s (with June Hannam) (2002)