School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Histories of Gender and Sexuality Research Group

The Histories of Gender and Sexuality Research Group is an interdisciplinary research group based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.

(HGS) brings together staff and postgraduate students whose research embraces gender, sexuality and/or women’s history. Important shared interests currently include structure and agency in theory and practice; gender and systems of regulation; fertility and reproduction.

Through a range of formal and informal events (HGS) encourages critical exploration of crucial theoretical and methodological questions, and promotes the history of gender and sexuality across disciplines and periods from prehistory to the contemporary world.  Alongside a seminar series we also organise work-in-progress sessions, roundtables, workshops and symposia. (HGS) is designed to provide a forum in which both staff and student research can flourish, and current PhD students act as group co-ordinators alongside academic staff. 

(HGS) runs regular seminars throughout the academic year to which all are welcome. See seminar information here.

Current projects

'The Abortion Act (1967): A Biography' (Gayle Davis, Jane O'Neill)

'Infertility and childlessness in Carolingian Europe, c.750-900' (Zubin Mistry)

'Gender equalities at work: an interdisciplinary history of 50 years of legislation' (Louise Jackson)



Sarah Goldsmith

Zubin Mistry

Hatice Yildiz

Hannah Weaver

Alice Williamson

Academic staff members

Dr Angela Bartie

Dr Bill Aird

Dr Cordelia Beattie

Dr Ashlee Christoffersen

Dr Gayle Davis

Dr Jane O'Neill

Professor Diana Paton

Dr Julian Goodare

Dr Lilah Grace Canevaro

Prof. Louise Jackson

Prof. Stana Nenadic

Dr Tom Webster

Honorary staff and emeriti

Dr Esther Breitenbach

Current PhD students 

Hannah Weaver

Alice Williamson

Gordon Reynolds

Sonny Angus

Abigail Fletcher