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Personal profile


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) [https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Research-Centres/Research-Group-in-Sex-Gender-and-Sexuality/] and I am on the 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 the 1860s to the 1970s. I am also working on a smaller project which explores changing understandings of the impact of institutional care on infants in the first half of the twentieth century.


Undergraduate teaching:

Modern European and British History (year 1)

Approaching London's Past (year 1)

Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1850-1920 (year 2)

Historical Controversies (year 2)

Histories of Childhood in Europe, 1850-1945 (year 3)


Research Output

Modern Mothers, Modern Babies: Breastfeeding and Mother’s Milk in Interwar Britain

Rowold, K., 10 Nov 2019, In : Women's History Review. 28, 7, p. 1157-1176

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Reconsidering Women's History

Rowold, K. (ed.) & Bland, L. (ed.), 2015, London: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group.

Research output: Book/ReportBook