Lisa Berry-Waite

Lisa Berry-Waite



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: History

I am currently a first year doctoral candidate at the University of Exeter and the recipient of a Leverhulme funded studentship to work with Professor Richard Toye and Dr David Thackery on the research project, ‘The Age of Promises: manifestos, election addresses and political representation’. My research focuses on the parliamentary election campaigns of women candidates in Britain 1918-1931, with a particular emphasis on election addresses.

In 2017 I competed a Master's degree in History (with distinction) at the University of Reading, focusing on modern British political and gender history. My dissertation ‘The emergence of socialist women MPs between 1918 and 1929: why was the Labour Party the last political party to have women MPs elected to the House of Commons?’ received a distinction and was supervised by Professor Matthew Worley and Dr Jacqui Turner. It has also been earmarked for publication in a proposed edited volume on women in Westminster in 2019.

I was awarded a first-class Bachelor’s degree in History and Politics in 2016 from the University of Reading. My undergraduate dissertation supervised by Dr Jacqui Turner explored how Nancy Astor’s American nationality influenced her political and social life in England and received a first class mark.

I am currently the Social Media and Communications Officer for the 2018 Humanities PGR Conference at Exeter and a member of Fawcett Devon which aims to promote women’s rights and gender equality in Devon. Before starting my PhD at Exeter, I interned as a historical researcher for a Member of Parliament.