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Dr Stephanie Ward

Dr Stephanie Ward

Senior Lecturer in Modern Welsh History

+44 (0)29 2087 5277
+44 (0)29 208 74929
4.28, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


Research interests

  • Economic and social history of modern Wales
  • Comparative and regional histories of Britain
  • Unemployment, social policy, social and political movements with particular reference to the economic depression of the 1930s in Britain
  • Gender history including studies of masculinity, marriage, family and identity in twentieth century Britain


Education and qualifications

  • 2004-2008 PhD in History: 'The Means Test and the Unemployed in South Wales and the North-East of England, 1931-39', Aberystwyth University
  • 2003-2004 MA Economic and Social History of Wales, Aberystwyth University
  • 2000-2003 BA (hons) History, Aberystwyth University

Career overview

  • 2009 – to present Lecturer in History, Cardiff University
  • 2008 – 2009 Lecturer in Economic and Social History, Aberystwyth University

Honours and awards

  • ESRC 1 + 3 Studentship

Professional memberships





  • Ward, S. 2017. History and heritage. In: Loughran, T. ed. A Practical Guide to Studying History: Skills and Approaches. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 282-301.








  • Inventing a Nation: Politics, Culture and Heritage - 20 credits (HS1109)
  • History in Practice - 20 credits (HS1119)
  • Modern Britain: Ideas, Politics, Society, Culture (HS1135)
  • From King Coal to Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000 - 30 credits (HS1756)
  • Exploring Historical Debate - 30 credits (HS1702)
  • Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918-39 - 30 credits (HS1868)
  • Dissertation - 30 credits (HS1801)


  • Wales, 1880s-1980s - 20 credits (HST054)


Gender in Modern Wales

In collaboration with colleagues in Aberystwyth and Essex universities, this project aims to offer a new perspective on the construction, performances and representation of gender identities in nineteenth and twentieth century Wales. 

Project Activities:

Symposium: 'New Perspectives on Femininity and Masculinity in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Wales', Cardiff University, September 2019.

Edited collection: Beth Jenkins, Paul O'Leary, Stephanie Ward (eds), Gender in Modern Welsh History: Perspectives on Masculinity and Femininity in Wales from 1750 to 2000 (Forthcoming, UWP).

Families and the State in Modern Britain, c.1919 - 1969

This project seeks to explore the relationship between families and state in the first half of the twentieth century. It examines how the state intervened in family life and how popular representations of families shaped such interactions. Crucial to understanding the relationship between families and the state is how individuals and families responded to social policy and everyday encounters with state representatives. The project draws upon a number of regional case studies to offer a comparative perspective.