NYCTC Faculty

Helen McCarthy

Helen McCarthy took up her post as Lecturer in Modern British History at Cambridge in September 2018, having spent nine years at Queen Mary University of London. She works on the social, cultural, and political history of Britain since the late nineteenth century and is the author of two books, The British People and the League of Nations: Democracy, Citizenship and Internationalism c. 1918-1945 (2011), and Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat (2014). She is Managing Editor of the journal Twentieth Century British History, a Senior Associate at History & Policy, and a member of the British Academy’s Public Policy Committee. Her most recent book, Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhoodwas published by Bloomsbury in March 2020.

Guy Ortolano

Guy Ortolano is Professor of History at NYU. A cultural and intellectual historian, Ortolano’s interests include urban history, science studies, and world histories. His first book was The Two Cultures Controversy: Science, Literature, and Cultural Politics in Postwar Britain (Cambridge, 2009); his second book was Thatcher’s Progress: From Social Democracy to Market Liberalism through an English New Town (Cambridge, 2019). The inaugural volume in CUP’s “Modern British Histories” series, Thatcher’s Progress explores the spatial dimension of the welfare state in Britain’s pioneering new towns program. Ortolano has also written on the role of England’s Industrial Revolution in U.S. modernization theory; you can read an interview about that work here. From 2015-2019, Ortolano served as an editor of Twentieth Century British History. For his personal website, please see here.


Lucy Delap

Lucy Delap is Reader in Modern British History at Cambridge University. She works on the history of gender, feminism, religion and labour in twentieth-century Britain. She is the author of The Feminist Avant-Garde: Transatlantic Encounters of the Early Twentieth Century (2007) and Knowing their Place: Domestic Servants in Twentieth Century Britain (2014). She directed the UK-based knowledge exchange project History & Policy between 2013 and 2015 and still serves as its Deputy Director. She continues to work at the interface of policy, public engagement, and history, and is currently working on the history of child sexual abuse.

Peter Mandler

Peter Mandler is Professor of Modern Cultural History at Cambridge University and Bailey Lecturer in History at Gonville and Caius College. He writes on the political, cultural, social, and intellectual history of Britain since 1800 and on the history of the humanities and social sciences in the English-speaking world. He is the author of Aristocratic Government in the Age of Reform:  Whigs and Liberals, 1830-1852 (1990), The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home (1997), History and National Life (2002), The English National Character: The History of an Idea from Burke to Blair (2006), and, most recently, Return from the Natives: How Margaret Mead Won the Second World War and Lost the Cold War (2013). From 2012 to 2016 he served as President of the Royal Historical Society. From 2017 he is directing a four-year project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, with Laura Carter and Chris Jeppesen, on “Secondary education and social change in postwar Britain.”

Susan Pedersen

Susan Pedersen is Gouverneur Morris Professor of British History at Columbia University. Pedersen researches and writes about British, European, and international history and politics in the twentieth century, and is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. She is the author of Family, Dependence, and the Origins of the Welfare State: Britain and France, 1914-1945 (1993), Eleanor Rathbone and the Politics of Conscience (2004), and, most recently, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (2015). She is now working on a book about elite women in fin-de-siècle British politics as seen through the lives of the women of the Balfour and Lytton families.