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Dr Charlie Jeffries

  • Overview



    Charlie Jeffries is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research focuses on the history of sexuality and the history of social movements in the late twentieth-century and early twenty-first century United States. Her current British Academy-funded research project traces the history of anti-sexual violence activism on US campuses from the 1990s to present. She has work published in the Journal of American Studies, and is completing her first monograph, on the history of adolescent sexuality in the US culture wars, with Rutgers University Press.

    Before joining Birkbeck in September 2019, Charlie held a Lectureship in American Studies and History at the University of East Anglia, which followed a Lectureship in 20th Century History at Keble College, Oxford. Prior to this, Charlie completed her AHRC-funded PhD in History at the University of Cambridge, and spent the last year of her doctoral studies as a Fox International Fellow at Yale University. In 2018, her doctoral dissertation was awarded the Sara Norton Senior Prize in American History at Cambridge. She also holds an MSt in Women's Studies from the University of Oxford, and a BA in American Studies from King's College London.

    Charlie's research has been supported by a number of grants and fellowships, including the Fox Fellowship at Yale, a Visiting Fellowship at Boston University, the Dissertation Grant from the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and most recently the Mary Lily Research Grant at Duke University.

    Professional activities

    Charlie is an Associate Fellow of the SHaME (Sexual Harm and Medical Encounters) Research Group at Birkbeck. 

    Honours and awards

    • Middlebury College-CMRS Oxford Humanities Program Teaching Award , Middlebury College-CMRS Oxford, November 2018
    • Fox International Fellowship, Yale University, November 2016
    • Sara Norton Senior Prize in American History, University of Cambridge, November 2018
  • Research


    Research overview

    Charlie works on the history of social movements and on histories of gender and sexuality in the modern United States. Her upcoming first monograph explores the significance of girlhood sexualities in the US culture wars from the 1980s onwards, and her current British Academy-funded research project historicizes contemporary anti-sexual violence activism at US universities. She is co-editing a collection of essays on feminist and queer activism in the US and the UK in the 1980s. 

    Charlie is also currently working on projects on the overlaps between feminist zine culture and the history of gender studies in the US academy in the 1990s and 2000s, on queer theory and depictions of the queer 1980s in recent cinema and television, and on lesbian magazines in the 1990s.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Charlie currently supervises Master's dissertations on modern US history. 

    In the 2021 Summer Term, she will run and teach the MA module 'Sexuality, Power, and Ethics on Campus: Approaches Through the Social Sciences.' 

    Teaching modules

    • Sexuality, power and ethics on campus: approaches through the social sciences (SSHC518S7)
  • Publications