The Centre has directors based in our partner institutions:

Dr. Julia Laite (Birkbeck, University of London)

Julia Laite is a senior lecturer in modern history JuliaLaiteat the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology in Birkbeck, University of London.  Her research focuses on women, migration, and intimate labour in the British world.  She has a strong interest in public history and history and policy.   Julia is the author of Common Prostitutes and Ordinary Citizens:  Commercial Sex in London, 1885-1960, published in 2012.  Her articles have appeared in History Workshop Journal, the Journal of British Studies, the International Review of Social History, and Past & Present. She is the Principle Investigator on a three-year AHRC research project exploring ‘Trafficking, Smuggling, and Illicit Migration in Gendered and Historical Perspective’ (  Her next book will be a microhistory of one case of trafficking in the early twentieth century world.

Professor Nadia Valman (Queen Mary, University of London)

valmanNadia Valman is senior lecturer in the Department of English at Queen Mary University of London. She is the author of The Jewess in Nineteenth-Century British Literary Culture and the co-editor of seven books on Jews and literature including Nineteenth-Century Jewish Literature: A Reader, Amy Levy: Critical Essays, and The Routledge Handbook to Contemporary Jewish Cultures.

Dr. Katy Pettit, Centre Administrator


Our Team

Many of our team members are PhD students, early career historians and historians who do not hold full time and/or permanent posts in universities.  These historians contribute immensely to our events and programs and to the spirit of the Centre. The Centre endeavours to recognize their contribution by providing them with resources to organize their own events, with academic advice and support, and with an intellectual home regardless of changes in career or university.