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Professor June Purvis

  • Qualifications: PhD (Open University)
  • Role Title: Emeritus Professor of Women's and Gender History
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone:
  • Email: june.purvis@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


June Purvis’s main interests are in women’s and gender history in Modern Britain (19th and 20th centuries). Her specialism is the suffragette movement in Edwardian Britain on which she has published extensively. Her book Emmeline Pankhurst: a biography (2002) received critical acclaim and her Christabel Pankhurst: a biography will be published by Routledge in January 2018. Her co-edited Women’s Activism: global perspectives from the 1890s to the present (2013) looks at the international dimensions of women’s activism. June is also the Editor of the international journal Women’s History Review, the Editor of Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts and Editor for a Women’s and Gender Book Series with Routledge. She contributes to BBC History Magazine and reviews for Times Education Supplement and Times Literary Supplement. She is the Chair of the Women’s History Network (2014-8) and is the Secretary and Treasurer of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (2015-20). She has made frequent appearances on BBC radio and TV, including Daily Politics, and was one of the historical advisers for the feature film Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep.

Find me on Twitter: @ProfJunePurvis


The suffragette movement in Edwardian Britain; its leading figures, including Christabel Pankhurst; women's biographies and autobiographies.

Research Clusters

  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Social, Historical and Cultural Change in Europe

Discipline Areas

  • History
  • Sociology
  • Film, Politics and Media Studies

PhD Supervision

I welcome PhD proposals on modern women’s/gender history in Britain, particularly the women’s suffrage movement and biographies of feminists. I have supervised a number of PhDs to successful completion and am currently an honorary first supervisor for:

  • Debbie Parker Kinch, who is working on a biographical study of the feminist Bessie Rayner Parkes (1829-1925), a pioneering women’s rights campaigner and a writer of journalism, memoirs and various essays.

Research profile

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