- Gender in the twentieth century
- Crime in the twentieth century, especially domestic violence
- Family and family breakdown in the twentieth century
- Twentieth century popular culture
Recent and current PhD students:
Fiona I. Skillen, 'When women look their worst': Women and sports participation in interwar Scotland’. ESRC 1 +3 funding, Completed 2008
Valerie Wright, 'Women's Organisations and Feminism in Interwar Scotland'. 2008 ESRC 1 +3 funding, Completed 2008
Oliver Stockman ‘Workers and Players: Constructing Masculinities in Industrial Scotland, c1930-c1950’, ESRC 1 +3 funding, Completed 2011.
Andrea Thompson, ‘Marriage and marriage breakdown in late twentieth-century Scotland, 1970-present’. Carnegie Award, Commenced 2008.
Catriona MacDonald, ‘Industrial Relations in the Commercial Vehicle Sector in the 1960s and 1970s’ ESRC 1 +3 funding, Commenced 2009
Meagan Butler,. ‘Marriage and Marriage Breakdown in Scotland and New York, 1830-1880’. Self-Funded Commenced 2008
Matthew Winterbottom, ‘Experiences of Juvenile Delinquency in Scotland, c.1945 to 1980' ESRC 1 +3 funding, Commenced October 2010
Hayley Cross, 'Illegitimate consumption; counterfeit goods and the black market in Scotland, post-1945', ESRC 1 +3 funding. Commenced October 2011.
'The law and the wife-beater in Scotland 1850-1950', History of Crime - Historical Criminology, British Crime Historians Symposium 2, University of Sheffield, September 2010.
'Provocation, criminal liability and ‘diminished responsibility’ in Scottish cases of assault by a husband on a wife, c1850-1950', 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences, Amsterdam, August 2010.
'The 'Non-Criminal class': judicial, social work and media responses to wife-beating in Scotland, c1850-1950', Department of Economic and Social History Seminar Series, Univerity of Glasgow, April 2010.
With Eleanor Gordon: 'Working-Class Family Structure in Scotland 1856-1939', Social History Society Annual Conference, March 2010
'Legal Discourses of Marital Violence in Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Scotland', European Social Science History Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, February 2008.
'The social and economic effects of recession and depression on a maritime town, Greenock between the wars', 20th International Congress of Historical Sciences, Sydney, July 2005.
'The Politics of Play: domestic violence and male popular culture in the west of Scotland between the wars', Social History Conference, Leicester University, January 2003.
'Representation and Counter-Representations of Domestic Violence in the west of Scotland between the Two World Wars' Women's History Network Aberdeen University, September 2003.
Red Skirts on Clydeside 1900-1936, European Social Science History Conference, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, 2002.
'"Women ganged up on me, they had to." Scottish working-class women's responses to discrimination in work, politics, family and community', West of Scotland Historical Association, Lilybank House, University of Glasgow, 9th December 2010
With Eleanor Gordon, 'Working-class Family Structures in Scotland, circa 1881-1929, Scottish Society and the Parish', ESHSS and the Scottish Records Association, 24th November 2010.
'An Ambiguous Relationship?: Policing, Prosecuting and Censuring wife-beating in Scotland, c1870-1939', Scottish Institute for Policing Research, Crime and Policing: Past and Present, West Park Conference Centre, Dundee, May 2010
'Collective Memory, Dissonance and Reification: remembering domestic violence in Scotland between the wars', Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde, March 2010
'Women's "splendid support"? Uncovering working-class women's contribution to the 1926 General Strike and the Miners' Lockout in Scotland', Class in Modern Britain A Symposium, Chancellors Conference Centre, University of Manchester, 10-11 July 2008
'Scottish Socialist women in the inter-war years', Gender and Class in British Labour History: Renewing The Debate, Working Lives Institute, The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University, July 2006.
Masculinity, femininity and Domestic Violence, Clydeside, c1900-1936, The diversity of legitimisation, A Valentine's Day School on Masculinity, Strathclyde Centre in Gender Studies, University of Strathclyde, 2002.
Consultant and interview: BBC Scotland ‘How to be a respectable Women’, 18 December 2009
International Women’s Day Panellist, Red Skirts On Clydeside, Glasgow Film Theatre, 8 March 2011.
Consultant and interview: BBC Scotland’s ‘Unhappy Families’ series 13 April 2011.