About Kate

Kate Law is a feminist historian of the British Empire who specialises in twentieth-century Southern African history. She is a senior lecturer in the History programme at the University of Chichester. Her first book, Gendering the Settler State: White Women, Race, Liberalism and Empire in Rhodesia, 1950-1980 was published by Routledge in 2016. Kate is currently working on two new projects. The first, The Emily Hobhouse Letters: South Africa in International Context, 1899-1926, is a three-year collaborative project funded by the AHRC. The Second, Fighting Fertility: The British Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Politics of Race and Contraception in South Africa c. 1980-1994’, has received funding from the Wellcome Trust.

Her general research and teaching interests include


  • Women’s History
  • Gender History
  • Colonialism, Imperialism and Empire
  • South African and Zimbabwean History
  • Oral History
  • Medical History
  • Liberation Struggles in Southern Africa

For all enquiries contact K.Law@chi.ac.uk