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Dr Stephanie Ward

Dr Stephanie Ward

Senior Lecturer in Modern Welsh History

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

+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








  • Inventing a Nation: Politics, Culture and Heritage - 20 credits (HS1109)
  • History in Practice - 20 credits (HS1119)
  • 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)


Miners, Masculinity and the Body in Interwar South Wales

This project examines the relationship between the construction of masculine identity and the male body in interwar south Wales. It focuses upon working-class men working in the mining industry during a period of high unemployment.

Project activities:

Co-organising a symposium on 'Industrialism and Masculinity in Comparative Regional Context, c.1840-1939' at Aberystwyth University – funding received from History Research Wales.

Marriage, Family and Community in Modern Wales, 1929 - 1969

This project seeks to explore issues of marital breakdown, domestic violence, family relationships and gender roles within modern Wales. Such a study is paramount for a society which placed great emphasis upon the role of the family in securing the well-being of the wider community. The study of family will be placed against a background of economic upheaval and massive social change. This research will also contribute, more broadly, to the post-war history of Wales.