Kate Connelly

Faculty, London Center

Kate is a historian, writer and lecturer working on the history of Britain and France in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  She undertook her PhD, Conjuring away the Revolution: Parisian popular culture in Marx’s writings on the French Second Republic, at Queen Mary, University of London.  She holds an MA in Paris Studies: History and Culture of the City from the University of London Institute in Paris.  Kate is particularly interested in political history, the history of ideas, social movements, popular culture and urban studies.  Her first book, a political biography of the suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst, was published by Pluto Press in 2013, and in the same year she co-ordinated the Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign. 

Publications

‘Sylvia Pankhurst, the First World War and the struggle for democracy’ in Revue française de civilisation britannique, XX-I (2015).

Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire (London: Pluto Press, 2013).

‘An Engels for the Bourgeoisie’, review of T. Hunt, The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary

Life of Friedrich Engels, in International Socialism Journal, No.124, Autumn 2009.

Contributor to R. Horton and S. Simmons (eds.), Great American Documents – The Landmark Documents in Our History (London: Quecus Publishers Ltd., 2007).

Appearances in the media

Four-part series on women’s history in East London on Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4, August – October 2015).

‘Sylvia Pankhurst and the women of the East End’ on Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4, 30 July 2014).

‘Secrets of a Suffragette’, presented by Clare Balding (Channel 4, 26 May 2013).

‘How suffragettes won women the vote and changed politics’ episode in ‘One Hundred Years of the Women’s Movement’ series presented by Gemma Cairney (BBC Two, 4 June 2013).

Kate has also appeared on BBC News24, Sky Sports News, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Radio Surrey.