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Professor Pat Thane

Pat Thane

Job title

Research Professor in Contemporary British History


Institute of Contemporary British History

Date started at King’s


PAT THANE  MA (Oxford) , PH.D (London), Fellow of the British Academy is Research Professor in Contemporary History, Kings College, London.

She was previously Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Sussex, 1994-2001, and at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 2001-2010.

Her publications include:

  • The Foundations of the Welfare State (Longman, 1982 2nd ed. 1996)

  • Old Age in England. Past Experiences, Present Issues (Oxford University Press, May 2000)

  • Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500 co ed with Lynn Botelho  (Longman, 2001)

  • The Long History of Old Age ed (Thames and Hudson, Getty Museum, LA, 2005)

  • Britain’s Pensions Crisis. History and Policy co ed with Hugh Pemberton and Noel Whiteside (British Academy/Oxford University Press 2006)

  • Unequal Britain. Equalities in Britain since 1945 ed. (Continuum, 2010)

  • Women and Citizenship in Britain and Ireland in the Twentieth Century. What Difference did the Vote Make? co-ed with Esther Breitenbach (Continuum, 2010)

  • Happy Families? History and Family Policy (British Academy, 2010). Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth Century England. (OUP 2012).

She has also published many journal articles and is a member of the editorial boards of several journals.

She has been a Visiting Professor at Nanjing University, China, and in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Chile, New York.

She is a convenor of History & Policy:

Challenges and achievements

When did you become interested in your academic discipline?

At school.

What are your research interests, and what drew you to this area? 

History of social welfare, gender, Labour.

Interest in history of important contemporary issues.

Tell us about a couple of your achievements that have been particularly rewarding.

My books and occasional media appearances.

Former PhD students having good academic careers.

Do you have professional role models? Who are they and what do you find inspiring about them and their accomplishments?


What do you feel is the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of your job at King's?

Being semi-retired and just doing the nice bits; teaching and supervising graduate students.

How do you balance the various demands of a career in academia: research, teaching/learning, administration?

With difficulty.

How do you balance an academic career with life outside the workplace?

With difficulty.

What have you learnt from your experiences that you would like to share with others?

The demands of the job have become harder through my career so my experiences are not necessarily helpful.


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