Reader in Social History and Social Policy, University of Kent

Kate is a social and cultural historian with an interest in the history of social policy and welfare in modern Britain. She is particularly interested in the shifting relationship between individuals and the state, which she has explored through work on the settlement house movement between 1918 and 1979, the growth of the juvenile courts from 1908, and the voluntary and statutory provision of legal advice from the 1890s to the 1990s.  Kate is currently working on the use of telephones and other communication technologies by charities, activist groups and government in the post-1945 period in Britain and other countries.

Kate is on the editorial board of Cultural and Social History, and served as reviews editor 2011-2013. Kate is also one of the convenors of the Politics, Policy and Citizenship strand of the Social History Society conference.

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