Dr Claire Eustance BA Hons, PhD

Senior Lecturer

After completing her PhD at the University of York in 1993, Claire completed a three-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Greenwich (then based in Woolwich) where she contributed to a research project on masculinity and male support for women's suffrage and served as a joint editor of the journal Gender & History. Claire subsequently moved into education project management and steered a series of initiatives aimed at widening participation in learning among marginalised and excluded communities in Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham and London, before returning to academic research and teaching in 2013.

Claire's research interests lie in the study of 19th and 20th century politics, society and culture.  She has published widely on the women's suffrage movement and has contributed to numerous TV and radio programmes on the histories of suffrage. To mark the centenary of some women's enfranchisement in 2018, Claire set up and ran Greenwich100 – a collaborative project raising awareness of the local campaign for the vote in Greenwich's schools, libraries and public spaces.

Claire is interested in hearing from graduates wishing to pursue projects examining political, social and cultural events in 19th and 20th century Britain from an intersectional gender perspective (race, ethnicity, class, age, ability) and for comparative histories of women's activism and feminism across and beyond the British empire.

See more about the University History Research Group here.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Chair, University of Greenwich Archive Steering Group

Research / Scholarly interests

Claire has published widely on the women's suffrage movement and is in the early stages of developing a project that will revisit the histories of the movement, aimed at coinciding with the centenary anniversary of the granting of the vote to British women in 1918.

Recently Claire was invited to contribute to a Radio 4 Women's Hour programme on the women's suffrage campaign and its impact and has also given talks to local history groups.

Recent publications

"Protests from Behind the Grille: Gender and the transformation of Parliament, 1867-1914", in B. Ziemann & T. Mergel (eds), European Political History 1870-1913, (Ashgate, Farnham, 2007) [Originally published in Parliamentary History, 1997, No 16, pp. 107-26.]

C. Eustance et al (eds), A Suffrage Reader: Charting Directions in British Suffrage History (Leicester University Press, London, 2000)

A.V. John & C. Eustance (eds) The Men's Share?: Masculinities, Male Support and Women's Suffrage, 1980-1920 (Routledge, London, 1997)

"Meanings of militancy: the ideas and practice of political resistance in the Women's Freedom League, 1907-1914" in M. Joannou & J. Purvis (eds) The Women's Suffrage Movement. New Feminist Perspectives (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1998)

"Citizens, Scotsmen, 'bairns': manly politics and women's suffrage in the Northern
Men's Federation", in The Men's Share

(forthcoming) Alsford, S. & Eustance, C. 2013 Mapping transition: an interactive workshop. Clark, R., Andrew, J. & Thomas, L (eds). Compendium of Effective Practice: Proven ways to improve student retention and success – 2nd Edition. York: HEA, Paul Hamblyn, Hefce, Action on Access.