The Centre has three directors based in each of our partner institutions:

Professor Kate Hodgkin (UEL)

KateKate Hodgkin is a Professor of Cultural History in the School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London. Her research is chiefly in the area of early modern culture. She has published articles on witchcraft, dreams, religion and melancholy in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, and also on autobiographical writing and historical fiction. Her publications on the history of madness include a monograph, Madness in Seventeenth-Century Autobiography (Palgrave, 2006), and an edition of a seventeenth-century manuscript autobiography, Women, Madness and Sin: the autobiographical writings of Dionys Fitzherbert (Ashgate, 2010). Kate has also worked on issues in contemporary memory studies, and is co-editor with Susannah Radstone of two volumes of essays: Contested Pasts: the politics of memory (Routledge, 2003), and Regimes of Memory (Routledge, 2003); both of these have been reprinted by Transaction Publishers under new titles (Memory, History Nation: contested pasts, and Memory Cultures: memory, subjectivity, recognition, 2005). She was Principal Investigator in an AHRC-funded network project on ‘Memory and Community in Early Modern England’ (2012-14), and is currently preparing a special issue of the journal Memory Studies which will draw on papers from this project.

Dr. Julia Laite (Birkbeck)

DSC_0038Julia Laite is a senior lecturer in modern history at 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.

Dr. Nadia Valman (Queen Mary)

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 programmes 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.