Ruth Percy

Ruth Percy

Stipendiary Lecturer in History
BA (Hons) Sussex, PhD Toronto

I started teaching Modern History at New College in 2022, having joined Oxford in 2015. Before that I spent 4 years in the US and 6 years in Canada where I did my PhD.

Research Interests

Trained as a social historian, I have become increasingly interested in the ways in which ideas and discursive structures develop and inform social relations. In particular I am interested in how experiences of class and gender inform and are informed by discourses of class and gender. My book project, ‘I am not a feminist’: Equality, Rights, and Working Women’s Culture in London and Chicago, 1870s-1920s, examines these dynamics in the context of the women’s labour movement in late nineteenth and early twentieth century London and Chicago, using archived oral histories alongside more conventional written sources.


I teach a range of modern British and American papers and methodological options including gender, race, space, and slavery.

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