David Geiringer is a social and cultural historian of modern Britain. His research focuses on the histories of gender, religion, sexuality and emotions. He teaches on modules relating to gender and women's history, as well as convening the first-year survey module 'Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801'. Prior to his role at Queen Mary, he taught for five years at The University of Sussex on a range of subjects.
David's AHRC funded PhD research used original, oral testimony to examine the sexual experiences of Catholic women in post-war England. This subject served as a prism through which to explore a number of broader processes in the modern era – religious decline or ‘secularisation’, ideas and experiences of sexual liberation, changing understandings of gender relations and the role of personal memory in historical practice.
He is currently collaborating on two research projects. The first is with Dr James Baker on the project "The Advent of the Home Computer in Late-modern Britain: Encounters in the Mass Observation Project Archive". This project examines the impact of the home computer on the home, family relations, writing practices and understandings of the self in 1990s Britain. The second is with Professor Claire Langhamer on the project "Emotional Labour: Feelings at Work in Modern England". This research explores the intersection between work and emotions over the last 100 years through life history resources.
David's research has gained coverage in national newspapers, magazines and blogs, including The Guardian, The Catholic Herald, The Tablet and Notches Blog. He was was contacted by The Guardian to offer a historical perspective on gendered media representations of female drinking culture (‘Binge-drinking women are Britain’s litmus test’ The Guardian, 25th March 2014).