Sophie Turbutt

Sophie Turbutt


I am a second-year doctoral researcher in the School of History, working on interwar Spanish anarchism and gender. My project is funded by WRoCAH (Arts and Humanities Research Council).

I completed my BA in History at the University of York between 2016 and 2020, and was lucky enough to include within that an Erasmus year abroad at the Complutense University of Madrid. I subsequently completed an MPhil in Modern European History at the University of Cambridge from 2020 to 2021, graduating with a Distinction.

In June 2022 I was the co-organiser of the Anarchism in the Iberian Peninsula international symposium hosted at the University of Leeds, funded by WRoCAH and the Past and Present Society.

In the autumn of 2022 I completed a 3-month Visiting Doctoral Researcher placement at the Complutense University of Madrid.

I am a seminar tutor for the first-year undergraduate module ‘The Making of the Twentieth Century’. 

Conference/Seminar Papers

10/09/2022: ‘Anarchist Womanhood: A Relational Approach to the Intersection Between Sexual/Gender Identity and Political Identity in 1920s-30s Spain’, Modern Spanish History Conference, University of Kent

15/10/2021: ‘Constructing Anarchist Womanhood: La Revista Blanca, 1923-1936’, Modern Spanish History Seminar, Universities of Edinburgh and Kent (Online)

07/07/2021: ‘Female Bodily Autonomy in the Spanish Anarchist Periodical, La Revista Blanca (1923-1936)’, New Voices and Global Perspectives on Nineteenth Century Periodicals Seminar, Manchester Metropolitan University (Online)

03/06/2021: ‘Female Bodily Autonomy in La Revista Blanca, 1931-1936’, International Seminar: New Perspectives on Mid-Twentieth Century Spain (1931-1959), Universities of Leeds and Granada (Online)


Sophie Turbutt, ‘Sexual Revolution and the Spanish Anarchist Press: Bodies, Birth Control, and Free Love in the 1930s Advice Columns of La Revista Blanca’, Contemporary European History (2022), Open Access

Research interests

  • histories of gender and sexuality
  • anarchism in Spain
  • transnationalism
  • histories of sex-reform/reproductive justice
  • histories of protest, activism and social justice
  • modern European history


  • MPhil Modern European History
  • BA History with a Year Abroad