Billie-Gina Thomason

Humanities and Social Science

My research focusses on gender identity in the nineteenth century and more specifically how gender is a performative and malleable identity. My PhD research focusses on gender passing in nineteenth century Britain and the lives of twenty-five working-class female to male gender passing individuals. Gender passing individuals were biological women who identified as men in all aspects of their lives including their employment, their relationships and how they presented themselves. Other areas of interest include the historicisation of LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming identities across Britain and gender politics.


2020, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
2016, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MRes History
2015, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA Hons History and English


2019, The Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
2018, NCVO Championing Voluntary Action, Mentor Training
2018, Staff and Educational Development Association, 3Is - Ideas, Insights and Information

Academic appointments

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Liverpool, 2021 - present
Seminar Lead, History, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present

Journal article

Thomason B-G. 2021. Queering the Subversive Stitch: Men & the Culture of Needlework Textile, 20 :23-25 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Thomason B-G. 2021. Female Husbands and ‘Transing Gender’ Journal of Victorian Culture, 26 :143-145 DOI Publisher Url


Thomason B-G. 2020. Not Every Man was Male: Gender Passing in Nineteenth Century Britain Matthews-Jones L, Vickers E. Public Url