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PhD Candidate, University of Manchester

Kelly Spring is in her fourth year of PhD research at The University of Manchester. Her thesis, entitled ‘British Food Rationing of the Second World War: Gender, Experience and Memory’, explores rationing propaganda, activities and remembrances to understand gender performance in wartime and popular memory contexts.

Her research interests include: food history, women and gender studies, the Second World War, oral history, and the use of personal testimony in historical inquiry. She has and is due to publish on a variety of topics including: a review of Dianne Lawrence’s book, “Genteel Women: Empire and Domestic Material Culture, 1840–1910”, a forthcoming encyclopedic entry about American import foods in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues (spring 2015), and an accepted chapter in an edited book, Food Crisis and Creativity, which explores the links between food rationing propaganda and domesticity on the British home front in the Second World War.

In addition to her research and publishing activities, she serves on several academic committees. She was elected as a Postgraduate Representative to the Executive Committee of the Social History Society in 2014. She also serves on the committees of the Friends of the Institute of Historical Research and History Lab Plus.


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    PhD Candidate, University of Manchester