Primary Discipline

Primary Discipline: 

  • Old HierarchyHistory
Secondary Discipline

Secondary Discipline: 

  • Old HierarchyHistory


I received a Ph.D. in women's and gender history from the London Metropolitan University, England in 2014. My  doctoral thesis was on “The Feminism and Political Radicalism of Helen Taylor in Victorian Britain and Ireland” and I have presented papers at conferences throughout Great

Britain. My publications are listed below. 


Recently I have been a historical researcher for a lottery funded museum exhibition' Who is Gordon Craig?', Stevenage Museum, Hertfordshire, UK. This involved archival research and writing copy for the exhibition and website. 


I am currently cataloguing and creating a database of the collection at a local Toy museum.


I was awarded the Eisenstein Prize 2018 by the National Coalition of Independent Scholars for my article 'Helen Taylor's work for land nationalisation in Great Britain and Ireland 1879 - 1907: women's political agency in the British Victorian land movement,' published in Women's History Review, Vol 27, issue 5, 2018.



Current research areas: 

Writing a biography of Helen Taylor
Researching women's lives in the town of Brighton in C19.

Recent scholarly activity: 

<p>Independent &nbsp;historical researcher for lottery funded museum project, Who is gordon Craig? &nbsp;July 2016- April 2017 &nbsp;</p>

Recent publications: 

Women's History, The Journal of the Women's History Network, Vol 2, Issue 4, Spring 2016  Smith.J, 'Helen Taylor's Anti-imperialist Feminism. Ireland and the Land League Question'
The Independent Scholar, Book Review, Smith J,  Jane Welsh Carlyle and her Victorian World by Kathy Camberlain, May 2017 
Theatre Notebook, the Journal of the Society for Theatre Research, vol 71 no 1 April 2017, Smith J & Morris Stern, C,  'Helen Taylor becomes Miss Trevor, actress'
Women's History Review,Vol 27, issue 5, 2018, Smith J,' Helen Taylor's work for land nationalisation in Great Britain and Ireland 1879-1907: women's political agency in the Victorian land movement'
The Independent Scholar, Vol 4, December 2018, Smith J, 'She fought for the people: Helen Taylor's work for the advancement of socialism and feminism on the London School Board, 1876 - 1885'
Smith J, 'First Woman Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Helen Taylor, 1885,' in Rackley E & Auchmuty R, Women's Legal Landmarks, (Oxford, 2019) Chapter 9

Forthcoming research: 

Writing a biography of Helen Taylor

Other activities: 

Cataloguing the collection at Brighton Toy Museum UK and creating a Modes database.

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