December, 2014 · By Justin Bengry


July, 2014 · By Justin Bengry

I have more than a decade of experience undertaking historical research and publishing across multiple media from leading journals to successful online media. I have presented my work in Europe and North America and am active in initiatives for international collaboration. 

I was awarded a PhD in British Cultural History and Feminist Studies in 2010 from the University of California, where I was supervised by Erika Rappaport, a scholar of gender, consumerism, and globalisation. After my PhD, I was appointed the first Elizabeth and Cecil Kent Postdoctoral Fellow in British History at the University of Saskatchewan. I completed a two-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship. My SSHRC fellowship was sponsored by McGill University in Canada and was hosted in the UK by Birkbeck College, University of London. At Birkbeck, I am now a Research Fellow on a 2-year AHRC-funded comparative research project into the LGBTQ histories of Brighton, Leeds, Manchester and Plymouth.

I have published numerous journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, book reviews and pieces of popular writing on histories of sex, gender and sexuality; capitalism and consumer culture; social and cultural history; and popular culture and media. I have also been on the steering committees for conferences organised by the London Metropolitan Archives and LGBT History Month UK. I am a peer reviewer for Manchester University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Sexualities, History Compass, Journal of Policy History.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016-2017)
Birkbeck College, University of London
• Archival and oral history research appointment for the AHRC-funded project ‘Sexualities and Localities’, researching England’s non-London LGBTQ histories with case studies in Manchester, Leeds, Plymouth and Brighton.

Lead Project Researcher (2015-2016)
Historic England and Leeds Beckett University
Public and digital history research appointment, including designing a crowd sourced map, managing social media and policy writing, for the Historic England initiative Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage.

Honorary Research Fellow (2012-2015)
Birkbeck College, University of London
• Research appointment in support of monograph and public outreach activities with the Raphael Samuel History Centre

Postdoctoral Fellow in History (2012-14)
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
• Two-year fully-funded research fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in support of book-length research project The Pink Pound: Capitalism and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Britain

Elizabeth and Cecil Kent Post Doctoral Fellow in History (2010-2012)
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
• Research appointment in modern British cultural and gender history, and lecturer in twentieth-century European history

Seminar Instructor (2009)
University of California, Santa Barbara, California
• Teaching appointment in the history of women, gender, and sexuality in twentieth-century Europe


PhD, History and Feminist Studies, 2010
University of California, Santa Barbara
French Language Program, Université du Quèbec à Trois Rivières, 2005

MA, History, 2003
University of British Columbia 

BMgt, Management (Honours: Distinction), 2001
BA, History and German (Honours: Great Distinction), 2001
University of Lethbridge
German Language Program, Universität Leipzig, Herder Institut, 1999


‘The Pink Pound: Commerce and Homosexuality in Britain, 1900-1967’
Mentor: Dr. Erika Rappaport

Invited Talks and Conferences:

In addition to invited public talks about my research at the British Film InstituteBishopsgate Institute, Age Concern UK and others, I have given more than 30 conference papers, invited talks and seminars on social and cultural history, histories of gender and sexuality, popular culture, capitalism and social media at conferences and invited events in Britain, Germany, the United States and Canada.

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Public Speaking and Teaching

July, 2014 · By Justin Bengry

I have given more than 30 international conference papers, invited lectures and public talks in Britain, Germany, Canada and the United States. I have also had the opportunity to teach at several universities in Canada, the UK and the UK as both a lecturer and seminar instructor.

I have more than 15 years of international public speaking and teaching experience. In Canada and the United States I taught more than 800 students in introductory to advanced level humanities courses and management computer software classes. I have also undertaken at least 300 hours of office hours to mentor and support students. I have been invited to teach community courses for a wider public at the Bishopsgate Institute, London. Most recently I have lectured and facilitated seminars at Birkbeck College.

Recent and forthcoming papers and invited talks:

• ‘ “Now the normals have taken over our kind of dressing…”: John Stephen’s menswear and queer retailing in Postwar Britain’, Popular Culture, Sport and Leisure History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London, 14 November 2016.

• Guest Heritage Speaker, Queer in Brighton, Marlborough Theatre, 18 September 2016.

• ‘Pride of Place: Crowdsourcing Queer Heritage’, LGBTQ+ Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections Conference 2016, London, 22-24 June 2016.

• ‘Who is the Queer Consumer? Homosexuality and Capitalism in Twentieth-Century Britain’. Invited speaker at the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence. University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 9 March 2016.

Invited Roundtable Speaker, ‘The future of Soho: A Conversation’, Soho Spirit: Our Space or a Space in Our Minds?, St. Anne’s Church, Soho, London, 20 February 2016.

A full listing of my conference papers, invited talks and public speaking is also available.

Teaching Fields and Courses: 

Modern Britain  |  Europe  |  Social and Cultural History  |  History of Sexuality  |  LGBT History  | Women, Gender and Sexuality  |  Histories of Capitalism and Consumerism

My teaching experience includes designing and teaching specialized honours tutorials to accompany modern European history courses, as well as supervision of individual students. At the University of California, for example, where I developed and taught an upper-level seminar in European Women’s and Gender History, I also supervised two honours students’ research projects on the use of sexual violence as a tool of warfare. Most recently I have designed and taught survey courses in twentieth-century European history at the University of Saskatchewan. My teaching is driven and informed by my own historical practice. For me, this means exposing students to the exciting range of questions and sources available to scholars who apply historical methodologies using a cultural history framework. At multiple universities students have described me as ‘knowledgeable’, ‘enthusiastic’ and ‘energetic’, with one student adding,

‘He’s not only extremely enthusiastic about History, but has a great deal of knowledge which he loves to share!’ Others recognized the work I put into developing students’ communication and writing skills: ‘I appreciated the time and effort Professor Bengry put into improving our writing, which was helpful’.

In addition to the courses below, which I have taught, I have also designed innovative courses on the history of masculinitygender variance and same-sex desire, and homosexuality and capitalism.

Courses and Syllabi:

Seminar Instructor and Dissertation Supervisor, Birkbeck, University of London (2016)
Theorising Gender, MA Module

Sessional Lecturer, University of Saskatchewan (2010-12)
• History 229: Europe in the Twentieth Century (1890s-1939) Syllabus
History 229: Europe in the Twentieth Century (1939-Present) Syllabus

The major political, diplomatic, social, economic, and cultural developments in twentieth-century Europe with special attention paid to source document analysis and written communication skills.

Seminar Instructor, University of California, Santa Barbara (2009) Syllabus
History 124B: Women, Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1914-Present

The effects of political, economic and social change on understandings and experiences of gender and sexuality in twentieth-century Europe through war, fascism, reconstruction and consumerism.

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara (2005-09)
• History 4C: Western Civilization, 1715 Present (Honors TA 2 quarters)
• History 4B: Western Civilization, 1050-1715 (1 quarter)

Primary source driven exploration of European history through the themes of violence and warfare, economic practices and consumption, and political change.