Professor Jessica Meyer

Professor Jessica Meyer


I received my BA from Yale University and hold an MPhil in European Studies and a PhD in Modern History from the University of Cambridge. I have been a member of the School of History at Leeds since 2011, first as a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities until 2015, then as the University Academic Fellow in Legacies of War until 2015. I held the position of Associate Professor of Modern British History from May 2015 to June 2022 when I was promoted to Professor of British Social and Cultural History.


  • Director of Postgraduate Research Students

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of the histories of gender, particularly masculinity, medicine and warfare. My monograph on British soldiers' masculine identity during the First World War, Men of War: Masculinity and the First World War in Britain, is published by Palgrave Macmillan. My second book, An Equal Burden: The Men of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War, is published by Oxford University Press and is available open access. I have also published extensively on the histories of war disability, popular fiction and military medical service. I am currently undertaking research into the history of social reintegration, disability pensions, domestic care provision and gender in Britain after the First World War. I also have research interests in the history of psychological disability, middlebrow, detective and adventure fiction, and representations of the First World War in popular culture.

Research projects

My blog about my research can be found at

I co-host Oh! What a Lovely Podcast with Dr Chris Kempshall and Angus Wallace.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD. in Modern History
  • MPhil. in European Studies
  • BA (Liberal Arts)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional memberships

  • President of the International Society of First World War Studies
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Member of the Society for the Social History of Medicine
  • Member of the Social History Society

Student education

I offer teaching at all undergraduate levels with a particular focus on research and engagement. I contribute to the MA programmes in Social and Cultural History, Modern History and the History of War. I offer postgraduate supervision at both Masters and doctoral level in research into the history of masculinity and warfare, medicine and the First World War, warfare and disability, the history of gender in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain and the history of popular fiction.

Research groups and institutes

  • Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums
  • Health Histories
  • War Studies
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>