Justin Bengry is Director of the Centre for Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London where he convenes the first MA in Queer History. He completed his PhD in 2010 in History and Feminist Studies at the University of California. He was lead researcher on the Historic England initiative Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage as well as the AHRC-funded project Sexualities and Localities, the first comparative study of UK queer lives and experiences outside London. Justin’s research has appeared in History Workshop Journal, Socialist History, Media History and several international edited collections. He is an Associate of the Raphael Samuel History Centre in London, co-convener of the Institute for Historical Research’s seminar on the History of Sexuality, and on the advisory board for History Workshop Online. Justin’s research focuses on the intersection of homosexuality and consumer capitalism in twentieth-century Britain, and he is currently revising a book manuscript titled The Pink Pound: Capitalism and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Britain, which is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. Justin tweets from@justinbengry
Editor, Early Modern Europe
Stephen Brogan is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a History Tutor at the Mary Ward Centre, where he teaches early modern history. Prior to this he taught at Royal Holloway for eight years, having gained his AHRC-funded PhD as a mature student at Birkbeck. His book The Royal Touch in Early Modern England was published in 2015 and went into paperback in 2019. One of Stephen’s research interests is the Chevalier d’Eon (1728-1810), the French diplomat, spy and cross-dresser who lived in London as a woman for much of the second half of his/her life. Stephen is currently writing a book on the Chevalier that analyses the contemporary British perceptions of d’Eon, and incorporates much compelling visual evidence. Stephen has already published a revisionist account of d’Eon’s female self, arguing that d’Eon remained masculine regardless of his or her gender; in 2019 Stephen was a talking head on the French Secrets d’Histoire documentary devoted to the Chevalier. Stephen has a broad interest in LGBTQ history, history from below, and early modern printed images.
Editor, Medieval Europe
Kit Heyam is a writer, historian, trans awareness trainer and heritage practitioner. They completed their PhD at the University of Leeds in 2017, and have worked at the University of Plymouth, Kings College London, Northumbria University and Queen Mary, University of London. Kit’s research focuses on developing new methodological approaches to transgressive sexuality and gender, especially in medieval and early modern literature and culture. They are the author of The Reputation of Edward II, 1305-1697: A Literary Transformation of History (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) and Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender (Basic Books UK/Seal Press, 2022). In their heritage work, Kit focuses on co-creating queer heritage with queer communities, and finding new, ethical pathways towards representing queer history differently in heritage practice. With James Daybell (University of Plymouth), they are the co-author of Gendering the Museum: A Toolkit, and they have worked with museums and galleries including the V&A, British Library, Henry Moore Institute, Thackray Museum and Royal Armouries to develop their queer representation and engagement with queer communities. They are currently Community Project Lead on the ‘Hidden Stories’ project at the Royal Armouries, and research fellow on ‘Gender Stories’ at the University of Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool. Kit tweets from @krheyam.
Editor, United States
Chris Parkes is a Lecturer (Education) in International and Global History in the Department of History at King’s College London. Originally from Canada where they graduated from McGill University, Dr Parkes studied in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics where they received an M.A. and Ph.D., the latter focusing on the queer life of former U.S. Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles. More broadly, their research examines the intersection of sexuality and state practice with a particular focus on the 20th-century United States. Dr Parkes served on the executive committee of the British Association of American Studies from 2018-2021 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. They can be found online at historians.social/@parkesland
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Editor, Modern Britain and Oral History
Amy Tooth Murphy is Lecturer in Oral History at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she also co-directs the MA in Public History. She specialises in lesbian and queer oral histories and post-war lesbian history. Her other research interests include oral history theory and methodology, butch/femme cultures, queer public history, lesbian literature, queer theory, and memory and narrative. Amy completed her PhD entitled, ‘Reading the Lives between the Lines: Lesbian Oral History and Literature in Post-War Britain’, at the University of Glasgow in 2012. She is co-editor of New Directions in Queer Oral History: Archives of Disruption (Routledge, forthcoming 2022). Her current research project, ‘Historicising Butch’ is an examination of butch lesbian identity and lived experience and from 1950-Present via oral history interviews. She is recruiting interviewees in the UK and USA so get in touch for more information. Amy is a Trustee of the Oral History Society, member of the Oral History Society LGBTQ Special Interest Group, and a member of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. In her spare time she enjoys reading Tintin books and trying to master his hairstyle. Amy tweets from @AmyToothMurphy
Social Media Editor
Jules Adamo (she/they) is an Italian-Canadian historian, writer, and researcher based in Toronto (Tkaronto). Jules completed an MA in Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London from 2019-2021 where their dissertation research specialized in the significance of button-badges to queer culture, identity, and social activism throughout history. Jules has worked with Islington’s Pride to develop and implement the Digital Landscape Heritage Map, an interactive online archive around the London borough featuring over 200 biographies of people, places, and groups significant to its dynamic queer history. Additionally, Jules has worked with 2SLGBTQIA+ international film festival Inside Out and is currently volunteering at the ArQuives, Canada’s National LGBT Archives. Jules is particularly interested in uncovering trans histories, the intersection between marginalised identities and decolonisation, and especially loves the art of drag.
Social Media Editor
Amanda Borg is a writer and researcher based in Oslo currently working as a content manager for the organisation Social – Human – Equity (SHE), where she helps produce content for the magazine, newsletter, podcast, digital sessions, and stage program. She completed an MA in Queer History at Goldsmiths in 2019 and received a distinction on her dissertation on Barbara Hammer’s experimental films from the 1970s and their influence on lesbian social space. In her research, Amanda focuses on the history of queer working class women in Norway and how we can uncover marginalised and transgressive lives outside of the archives. She is currently working on a public art project and book of essays based on this research.
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Georgia Marker is a graduate of the MA Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London. She achieved a first class with distinction in her History BA at the University of Cambridge, with her undergraduate dissertation focusing on the portrayal of the AIDS crisis within the Women’s Liberation Movement magazine Spare Rib. Her MA dissertation is set to address drag persona Ruby Venezuela as a commercial object, promoted and sold by the drag performer Brian Pearce in the late twentieth century. Georgia hopes to contribute to a sparse area of drag historiography and pursue a career in similar histories
Leila Sellers is a Wellcome funded PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London, researching twentieth century trans history through a case study of the Beaumont Society (a UK based trans support group). Prior to her PhD she worked in libraries and archives around London, including Wellcome and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has a particular interest in decolonisation and marginalised histories.