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Dr Emma Vickers

Dr Emma Vickers

Telephone: 0151 231 5922


Emma is a senior lecturer in History at Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to this, she was a senior teaching fellow at Lancaster University and a lecturer in History at the University of Reading. Her first monograph, Queen and Country: Same Sex Desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945 (MUP 2013) explores the intersection between same-sex desire and service in the British Armed Forces during the Second World War. Emma has published articles in the Lesbian Studies Journal (2009) and Feminist Review (2010). Her most recent work (with Corinna Peniston-Bird) is Lessons of War (Palgrave, 2017) which takes up the invitation offered by the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War to evaluate how gender history contributes, nuances and challenges existing understandings of the Second World War. She is also working on outputs arising from Dry Your Eyes Princess, a project which uses oral testimony to uncover the experiences of trans* personnel in the British Armed Forces before 2000. Following an award from the Arts Council, Emma worked with the photographer Stephen King on a series of photographs of her interviewees which were exhibited as part of Homotopia in Liverpool and Outburst in Belfast. Finally, she is also part of the AHRC network, Passions of War, a researcher on the European Union funded project 'Gender citizenship and sexual rights in Europe' and a member of the Oral History Society LGBTQ special interest group.

Emma has worked with the BBC and collaborated with various museums and external organisations including the Ministry of Defence, Reading Museum and the Historical Association. She is an academic advisor for the National Festival of LGBT History, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and volunteers for Diversity Role Models. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Vice Chancellor's award for social and economic engagement.

Emma convenes 6022HIST, Queer Britain and contributes to various modules across the undergraduate curriculum. She also teaches on the MRes in History and supervises MRes dissertations and PhD students. She is interested in supervising students interested in any aspect of gender and war, oral testimony and LGBTQ history.


2008, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, PhD
2003, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, MA, Historical Research (Distinction)


Highlighted publications

Vickers EL. 2012. Queen and Country: Same-sex desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945 :1-208 Manchester University Press. Manchester

Book Reviews

Vickers E. 2017. Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific, 1939-45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY, 26 :340-341 >Link

Vickers E. 2014. Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality, and Women's Experience of Modern War. By Laura Doan Twentieth Century British History, 25 :503-505 >DOI

VICKERS E. 2010. The Importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and Nation Building in Western Canada to 1915 by Sarah Carter Gender & History, 22 :252-253 >DOI


Vickers EL. 2012. Queen and Country: Same-sex desire in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945 :1-208 Manchester University Press. Manchester


Vickers EL, Jackson E. 2016. Sanctuary or sissy? Male to female cross dressing as entertainment in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945 Vickers EL, Peniston-Bird CM. Lessons of War: Gender History and the Second World War Palgrave 9781137524577

Vickers EL. 2011. 'The Good Fellow' : Negotiation, Remembrance, and Recollection: Homosexuality in the British Armed Forces, 1939-1945. Brutality and Desire: War and Sexuality in Europe's Twentieth Century :109-134 Palgrave Macmillan 978-0230285637

Journal Articles

Vickers E. 2011. 'The forgotten army of the woods': The Women's Timber Corps during the Second World War Agricultural History Review, 59 :101-112

Vickers EL. 2010. Queer sex in the Metropolis? Place, Subjectivity and the Second World War Cronin A, Oakley-Brown E. Feminist Review, :58-73

Vickers EL. 2009. 'Infantile Desires and Perverted Practices: Disciplining Lesbianism in the WAAF and the ATS during the Second World War'. Laurie AJ. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13 :431-441

Vickers EL. Counsellor, confidant, historian: negotiating the competing demands of oral interviewing The Oral History Review,

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

Conference name: Historicising trans*, URL:

Conference name: Lessons of War: Gender and the Second World War, Position: Co-organiser, URL:

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: 'Dry Your Eyes Princess', Conference title: Trans*formations, Place/location of conference: Lisbon, Presentation type: Oral presentation

External collaboration:

URL:, Institution: LJMU, Collaborator: Stephen King

External committees:

Committee name: Oral History LGBTQ special interest group, Organisation: Oral History Society, Position: Member, URL:

Committee name: National Festival of LGBT History, Organisation: LGBT History Month/Schools Out, Position: Academic advisor, URL:

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy,

Other invited event:

Title of event: “Get Some In!' Managing Queer Desire and National Service in Britain,1945-1963’ (invited paper) Institute of Historical Research, 28 January 2014., Location: Room G37 (Ground Floor) Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU., Description: Invited paper