Teen magazines

My PhD was awarded in August 2019 for research on twentieth century teenage magazines, with the title ‘Interactions in the text: Girls’ magazines and their readers 1955–2000’. My supervisors were Dr Jane Potter and Dr Caroline Davis in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. A version of my chapter on ‘Becoming a woman’ was published in the Logos journal as ‘Interactions in the text: Becoming a woman in 1970s teen magazines’.

I am a critical friend to the Reanimating Data project, and have written a  blog post for the project on learning about sex in the teen magazines of the 1980s and 1990s.

My annotated bibliography on magazines for teenagers is published by Oxford Bibliographies, and my paper ‘”Dangerous display”: Charlotte Yonge, Christabel Coleridge, and pseudonyms in the Monthly Packet was published by the Women’s History Magazine.

I have presented papers at conferences in the UK and USA on various topics around girls’ magazines, including how to find a boyfriend in Jackie magazine in the 1960s, problems of authenticity in working on letters to magazines, conversations about sexism in Mizz magazine in the 1990s, and learning about sex in teen magazines.