Dr Kristin Hay

  • Tutor in Economic and Social History (Economic & Social History)

email: Kristin.Hay@glasgow.ac.uk
pronouns: She/her/hers

Room 627, Gilbert Scott Building (East Quad), University of Glasgow

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ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0109-9167


Tutor in Economic and Social History. Historian of medicine, gender and oral history. 

Research interests

I am interested in the intersections of gender, sex, reproduction and medicine. My previous research focused on reproductive health and rights activism through the lens of the Scottish Abortion Campaign. My PhD thesis explored the impact of the growing availability of birth control in Scotland during the 1970s, through archival evidence and an extensive oral history project. 

I am passionate about reproductive health and rights activism, sexual and reproductive health, birth control, pregnancy and parenthood through an intersectional lens.

More broadly, I am interested in medical professionalism and the development of health and healthcare from the nineteenth century. I am an experienced oral historian and contribute to the development of oral history theory and methodologies in my work. 


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Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentship Award (2018-2022) 

Wellcome Trust Masters Studentship Award (2017-2018) 


I am open to acting as a PhD supervisor for students interested in the history of sex, gender, medicine and oral history. 


I teach across several undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Glasgow, including:


  • Economic and Social History 2A: Britain 1770-1914  
  • Economic and Social History 2B: Britain 1914-2008 


  • Addiction in the Modern World 
  • Motherhood and Maternity 
  • Researching Economic and Social History 2
  • Oral History for Social Scientists 

Postgraduate Taught:

  • Innovation in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Research Design

I also provide dissertation supervision for undegraduate and postgraduate taught students. 


Additional information

I prioritise public history in my research output and have been featured three times on BBC Radio Scotland's history show Time Travels, and once on HistoryScotland. 

I am continuously looking for opportunities to communicate my work to a wider audience.