Dr Rachael Attwood

Lecturer in History

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Rachael Attwood was awarded a PhD from UCL in 2013. Her doctoral thesis examines the politics of activism against trafficking for sex work in turn-of-the-century Britain, and, in particular, the representation of this form of trafficking as 'white slavery'. She has taught at both UCL and the University of Sussex, where she was also a Research Fellow at the Centre for German-Jewish Studies. 

Her current research centres on the history of trafficking and migratory sex work in Britain and its Empire. She is also interested in the history of immigration into Britain more broadly and, especially, the cultural history of Jewish immigration from 1880. She has shared her research with child protection and anti-trafficking NGOs, and has acted as an advisor on a number of academic projects on the history of women's mobility and trafficking.

She joined the University of Westminster as a Lecturer in History in September 2015. 

I have taught widely on Modern British Social and Cultural History. I have also taught courses on Modern World History and Global History.

At Westminster, I teach:

4HIST001W: Blood and Iron: The Making of the Modern World

4HIST003W: Metropolis: London and Modernity, 1830-1939

5HIST004W: Jack the Ripper: Myth, Reality and Popular History

5HIST008W: Writing History: Approaches and Methods for History

5HIST009W: A Sexual History of London (module leader).

1HIS604: England Since 1945: Social and Cultural Change

Modern British social and cultural history; the global history of human trafficking and mobility for sex work; the history of (im)migration to Britain; modern British Jewish history; labour history; imperial history, and urban history. 

I am happy to supervise students in any of these areas.

2016

Looking Beyond ‘White Slavery’: Trafficking, the Jewish Association’s representation of ‘the potential victim’, and the dangerous politics of migration control in England, 1890-1910 (2016)
Attwood, R. 2016. Looking Beyond ‘White Slavery’: Trafficking, the Jewish Association’s representation of ‘the potential victim’, and the dangerous politics of migration control in England, 1890-1910. Anti-Trafficking Review. 7, pp. 115-138.

2015

Lock up your daughters! Male activists, ‘patriotic domesticity’, and the fight against sex trafficking in England, 1880-1912 (2015)
Attwood, R. 2015. Lock up your daughters! Male activists, ‘patriotic domesticity’, and the fight against sex trafficking in England, 1880-1912. Gender & History. 27 (3), pp. 611-627.
Stopping the Traffic: the National Vigilance Association and the international fight against the ‘white slave’ trade (1899–c.1909) (2015)
Attwood, R. 2015. Stopping the Traffic: the National Vigilance Association and the international fight against the ‘white slave’ trade (1899–c.1909). Women's History Review. 24 (3), pp. 325-350.

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