Pat Thane

Pat Thane MA (Oxford) , PH.D (London), Fellow of the British Academy, is Research Professor in Contemporary History, Kings College, London.

She was previously Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Sussex, 1994-2001, and at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 2001-2010. She is currently writing a history of the Child Poverty Action Group, a UK  NGO. She has published many journal articles and is a member of the editorial boards of several journals. She has been a Visiting Professor at Nanjing University, China, and in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Chile, New York. She is a convener of History and Policy.

Her publications include:

  • The Foundations of the Welfare State (Longman, 1982 2nd ed. 1996)
  • Old Age in England. Past Experiences, Present Issues (Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500 co ed with Lynn Botelho  (Longman, 2001)
  • The Long History of Old Age ed (Thames and Hudson, Getty Museum, LA, 2005)
  • Britain’s Pensions Crisis. History and Policy co ed with Hugh Pemberton and Noel Whiteside (British Academy/Oxford University Press 2006)
  • Unequal Britain. Equalities in Britain since 1945 ed. (Bloomsbury 2010)
  • Women and Citizenship in Britain and Ireland in the Twentieth Century. What Difference did the Vote Make? co-ed with Esther Breitenbach (Bloomsbury, 2010)
  • Happy Families? History and Family Policy (British Academy, 2010)
  • Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth Century England. ( OUP 2012)
  • ‘The “Big Society” and the “Big State”: Creative tension or crowding out?’ Twentieth Century British History Vol. 23. No. 3. 2012 pp 408-429

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