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Helen McCarthy

Dr Helen McCarthy
Deputy Director of the Mile End Institute

Location: QMUL School of History

Twitter: @HistorianHelen

Helen joined QMUL in September 2009. She studied History as an undergraduate at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, followed by a year at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar.

Helen is a historian of modern Britain with broad research interests. Her first book, The British People and the League of Nations, was a study of internationalism in Britain in the 1920s and 30s. Her second book, Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat (Bloomsbury, 2014) is the first serious attempt to explore the place of women in British diplomatic life since the 19th century, tracing their influence and experiences as wives, patrons, experts and eventually as diplomats in their own right. 

She worked briefly for the think-tank Demos before completing doctoral studies at the Institute of Historical Research. From 2008 to  2009, she held a Junior Research Fellowship at St John’s College, Cambridge.

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