In SHAW’s second post in their series, Charlie Jeffries shares her experiences of embarking upon a PhD about the US in the UK and gives practical tips for others thinking of doing likewise. Continue reading
Charlie is in her second year of work towards an AHRC-funded PhD in History at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Preston. For the Spring Term of 2015, she is an exchange student at Boston University and a holder of the Schlesinger Library's Dissertation Grant at Harvard. Her doctoral project looks at attitudes towards teenage female sexuality in the US, from 1981 to 2008. This project builds upon her Master’s in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford, where she worked on the interrelationship between presidential politics and adolescent sexuality in the Clinton administration. She undertook her undergraduate degree in American Studies at King’s College London with a year abroad at Georgetown University. For the 2012-13 academic year, Charlie was a Teaching Fellow at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where she taught modules in world history, and ran a feminist film screening series and a queer theory reading group. She also conducted funded research for AUW at women’s colleges in India, where she explored the ways that women’s leadership in South Asia is treated in their curricula.