Dr Katie Carpenter

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Personal profile

I completed my PhD in the department of history in January 2019. My doctoral thesis, 'The Scientific Housewife: Gender, Material Culture and the Middle-Class Kitchen in England, c. 1870-1914', explored the relationship between science and housewifery in the middle-class kitchen in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

I am currently an AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellow with the Citizens Project and the Parliamentary Archives. I am also the co-ordinator for the Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture and I teach  in the departments of history at UCL and KCL. 

You can follow me on Twitter @ktrcarpenter

Research interests

My research interests focus broadly on society, politics and culture in modern Britain, particularly the history of women and gender, and material culture.

My PhD thesis examined how scientific knowledge and behaviour was linked to daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning and the management of domestic servants, and how this contradicted and challenged gendered norms and traditional ideals of domesticity. I paid particular attention to the material culture of the kitchen and how its depiction was shaped by popular ideas about the kitchen as a scientific space.

I am currently researching the Peterloo Massacre for an exhibition at the Parliamentary Archives.


Between 2015 and 2017 I was a seminar tutor and occasional lecturer on The Victorians: British History 1837-1945. In 2016 and 2017 I organised and taught on Public Speaking for First-Year Historians. I currently teach at King's College London on Politics and Society in Britain 1780-1945 and at University College London on Approaching History and Making History. I have previously taught at Loughborough University.

I have presented papers at multiple teaching conferences and co-written a case-study for Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal. Since 2015 I have been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 



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