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