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Historian and broadcaster Dr Suzannah Lipscomb joins Roehampton

Award-winning academic and TV Historian, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, joins the University of Roehampton’s expanding History team as Reader in Early Modern History. 

Posted: 30 August 2017

Roehampton welcomes Dr Lipscomb, who will join the University on 1st September as a Reader to teach early modern history.

Formerly the Head of the Faculty of History at the New College of the Humanities, her primary areas of research are sixteenth-century England and France, with a particular focus on Henry VIII and the early Tudor court, and religion, gender and sexuality in sixteenth-century France.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lynn Dobbs, "Suzannah Lipscomb is an outstanding historian and her reputation certainly precedes her. Not only will her leading research complement the recently expanded Humanities department, but it will also inspire and fascinate our students. She's a fantastic addition to the team and we are delighted to welcome her to Roehampton."

Dr Lipscomb said of her appointment, "I'm very excited to be joining Roehampton, especially during a period of rapid development for the Humanities department: Roehampton is really going places, and it's great to be coming on board at this stage to help drive that upward trajectory.

"Roehampton cares about its students and invests in them with small-group teaching and high contact hours – and that matters to me; but it also cares about research and public engagement – and combining them in research-led teaching – so it's going to be a wonderful place to develop my teaching, research, and outreach activity. I'm looking forward to working alongside fantastic historians in a friendly community."

Dr Lipscomb has written a number of books for both academic and trade presses and was awarded the 2012 Nancy Roelker Prize by the Sixteenth Century Society for her journal article 'Crossing Boundaries: Women's Gossip, Insults and Violence in Sixteenth-Century France' in French History (Vol 25, No. 4). She is currently writing a book on the lives of previously unstudied women in sixteenth-century France for OUP.

Dr Lipscomb is a regular columnist for History Today and has written and presented a number of popular television programmes such as Channel Five's Henry VIII and His Six Wives, Witch Hunt: A Century of Murder, and Elizabeth I.

The University of Roehampton has enhanced its Department of Humanities in the last year with a number of impressive recruits.

Find out more about the University's outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate History courses here.

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