Stephanie Spencer is Professor in the History of Women’s Education and Head of Department for Education Studies and Liberal Arts at the University of Winchester (UK). Her teaching focuses on the historical development of education and gender. She is convener of the Centre for the History of Women’s Education at Winchester. Her book Gender, Work and Education in Britain in the late 1950s incorporates both formal and informal sources in exploring the formation of adolescent female identity. She has published on the topic in Women’s History Review, History of Education, and Journal of Educational Administration and History. Spencer recently co-authored an oral history of the University of Winchester with Andrea Jacobs and Camilla Leach, Alumni Voices, published by Winchester University Press in 2015. She has presented her research at the annual meetings of the Women’s History Network (UK), the History of Education Society (UK), the International Standing Conference for the History of Education, and the European Education Research Association.
She offered the keynote address for the Australian & New Zealand History of Education Society conference in December 2015; the conference theme was Intersecting and Contested Histories of Education. The title of her address was ‘Learning the rules: reflections on writing and researching school stories in history of education’.
Professor Spencer is President of the History of Education Society (UK) and is a member of the Steering Committee of Women’s History Network. She is on the editorial board of Women’s History Review and has co-edited The History of Education Researcher. Funded projects have included a Spencer Foundation grant for study of the Governance of Girls’ Schools in England, 1880-1980.
Her research interests include both formal and informal aspects of girls’ education and cross disciplinary boundaries between education, history and cultural studies, as well as the relationship between local and central branches of the Federations of University Women in the immediate post-war period.
Dr. Spencer holds her Ph.D. from the University of Southampton. She earned her M.A. at Royal Holloway College, University of London and her BA (hons) from the Open University.