I am a DPhil candidate at Oxford University's History Faculty, focused on the transnational movement of women workers and the implications of female migration.
My DPhil research charts the employment and migration experiences of foreign, female domestic servants in 19th and early 20th century London. From Norwegians and French to Indians and Russians, who were these women and why did they come to Britain to work as maids, cooks and nannies? How were they treated once they arrived and what happened to them once they left service? I explore how their experiences form the historical context for today's global domestic service industry, so often considered a recent phenomenon, and complicate narratives of male-dominated international migration.
I am funded by AHRC DTP and a Kellogg College Progress Scholarship.
Foreign female domestic servants in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century London: understanding transnational experiences