Lisa Berry-Waite



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: History

I am a third year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter and the recipient of a Leverhulme 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 completed 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. 

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 Officer for Parliamentary History, which publishes peer reviewed work on the history of parliamentary institutions in the British Isles. Before starting my PhD, I interned as a historical researcher for a Member of Parliament.