Katharina Rowold

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I am a historian of gender and medicine. Before joining the University of Roehampton in 2013, I studied at the University of London and the University of Salamanca and held posts at University College London and London Metropolitan University.

I convene the Research Group in Sex, Gender and Sexuality (SeGS) at Roehampton and I am on the National Steering Committee of the Women's History Network.


PhD History, University College London
BA (Hons) History, University of London and University of Salamanca

Research interests

My main areas of research are the history of medicine and science, women’s and gender history, and the history of infancy and childhood. My current research focuses on the history of breastfeeding in Britain from 1850 to 1950, and explores the relationship between ideologies of breastfeeding, shifting understandings of health and the body, and women's lived experiences in the past.

I also work on a smaller project which examines changing approaches to the residential care of infants in the twentieth century, and I am currently developing a new transnational project on the Spanish Civil War refugee children.

Previously, my research has focused on comparative intersections of gender, science, and feminism, which led to a monograph entitled The Educated Woman: Minds, Bodies, and Women’s Higher Education in Britain, Germany, and Spain, 1865-1914.

Professional affiliations

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College