Professor Alison Fell

Professor Alison Fell


I was an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Birmingham. After a year spent in Lyon as a lectrice, I was a lecturer at The Queen's College, Oxford and Lancaster University before coming to Leeds in 2007. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008 and Professor in 2010.


Research interests

Since 2003 I have been researching women's experiences in, and cultural responses to, the First World War in France and Britain, which has resulted in my most recent monograph Women as Veterans in Britain and France after the First World War (Cambridge University Press, 2018). I am currently Principle Investigator of Tracing the Belgian Refugees, a research project investigating Belgians who lived in the UK during and after the war, one of the AHRC projects featured in the 2020-21 Imperial War Museum exhibition Refugees: Forced To Flee.

Other recent publications include articles on French and British museum's responses to the First World War Centenary; the evolving representations of French West African soldiers; and responses to nursing enemy patients amongst French, British and German nurses. I am currently researching the political and cultural uses of representations of armed women. 

During the First World War Centenary I led Legacies of War 1914-18/2014-18, a series of research projects and outreach activities with over fifty partners in Yorkshire, the UK and internationally focusing on the Centenary of the First World War and was one of the Co-Directors of the AHRC Gateways to the First World War  Public Engagement Centre based at the University of Kent. I also delivered a series of public talks and lectures, and acted as a historical consultant and interviewee for several television and radio productions including the Woman's Hour drama The Camel Hospital (2014) David Olusoga’s BBC documentary The World's War: Forgotten Soldiers of Empire (2014) and We Will Remember Them (BBC, 2018), with Huw Edwards.

Potential areas for supervision

Women and war; Women and the interwar period; French Culture and the First World War

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Student education

I currently supervise five PhD students, who are researching a range of topics including disabilty after the First World War, women workers in interwar Britain, and masculinity in French and British non-combatant men's letters and memoirs.

Research groups and institutes

  • French
  • History
  • Gender

Current postgraduate researchers

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