Lyndsey Jenkins is a historian and biographer of British women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She holds degrees from the University of Warwick, the London School of Economics and the University of East Anglia. She has been reading for a doctorate in history at the University of Oxford, where she was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and based at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing. She has taught women’s history, British history and the history of the British Empire at the University of Oxford and King’s College, London. She is a former civil servant and government speechwriter who has written for some of the UK’s leading politicians. She is the recipient of several distinguished academic awards, including the Caroline Spurgeon Award from the British Federation of Women Graduates and the Richard Titmuss Prize for outstanding academic achievement from the London School of Economics. Lady Constance Lytton: Aristocrat, Suffragette, Martyr was listed by the Sunday Times as a biography of the year, and shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed/Biographer’s Club Best First Biography Prize.
Her forthcoming second book is a family biography of the Kenney sisters, and will show the important role that working-class women played within the militant suffrage movement. Her next research project will continue her interests in the lives and work of pioneering women, by studying the lives of female Labour MPs in the post-war era. She will also be working on a study of the inter-war career of the peace activist Catherine Marshall.