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Dr Sarah Jones

Research Fellow


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My research focuses on the history of gender and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I have been particularly interested in histories of sex radicalism and dissent, and in 2015 completed a doctoral research project that explored the relationship between ‘free love’ and sexual science in the UK and US. I am in the process of preparing a book based on this research.

I am currently an associate research fellow on the Wellcome Trust funded Rethinking Sexology project. My new research has 2 main strands: firstly, it explores the links between sexual science in Britain and America, and how scientific discussions about sex were shaped by transatlantic exchanges. Secondly, it explores the 'popular' life of sexology in print, looking at how debates and ideas from sexual science were used in journals, magazines, and the news.

Alongside my research I also ran the Hypatia project - this project, which launched in the Autumn of 2017, led to the creation of a digital showcase of Exeter's Hypatia collection, dedicated to preserving books and journals created by or about women. 

Research interests

My main research interests are:

  • Social and cultural history of gender and sexuality;
  • Sexual radicalism, protest, and dissent;
  • History of sexual science;
  • History of anthropology and ethnology;
  • Science and popular culture.

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