Lauren Wellls


I began my PhD in January 2018 after completing an MA in Historical Studies at The Univeristy of Lincoln.  My MA thesis examined changing representations of cross-dressing across three case studies from 1870 to 1930, arguing that a strong masculine reputation in other areas of life could allow men to cross dress without jeapordising thier masculinity.


Research interests

Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries cross-dressing has formed a significant part of British entertainment culture. My research explores the relationship between cross-dressing and masculinity in the north of England and examines the spaces in which cross-dressing could be deemed a part of 'normative' masculinity.

My other research interests include, gender history more broadly, queer history, and the relationship between space and gender.




  • MA: Historical Studies
  • BA: History