Staff Profile: Professor Laura Ugolini

Laura UgoliniFaculty

Faculty of Social Sciences


School of Social, Historical and Political Studies


Professor of History

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 321890



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mary Seacole Building
Nursery  Street

Areas of expertise

Gender history and masculinity in 19th and 20th century Britain; consumption and dress history; the English home front in the First World War.


Laura Ugolini is a Professor of History, based at Wolverhampton City Campus. Her research interests are in British gender history, particularly 19th and early 20th century masculinities and male identities. In 2007 she published Men and Menswear: Sartorial Consumption in Britain, 1880-1939, while her book on Civvies: Middle-Class Men on the English Home Front, 1914-1918 was published by Manchester University Press in 2013. Laura Ugolini directs the University of Wolverhampton’s Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD).

Academic qualifications

1997 - PhD, University of Greenwich: ‘Independent Labour Party Men and Women’s Suffrage in Britain, 1893-1914’
1993 - MA Women’s History, University of Cardiff
1992 - BA (Hons) History, University of Cardiff

Teaching interests 

Laura is responsible for and contributes to a range of modules:

  • Level 4 The Pursuit of History
  • Level 4 The Making of Modern Britain, 1750-1850  
  • Level 5 The Great War, 1914-1918  
  • Level 6 The Family in Britain, 1830-1939
  • Level 6 Independent Study in History / War Studies  
  • Level 7, MA Popular Culture, Popular Consumerism in Britain, c. 1850-1939

Professional body membership and roles

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society  
  • Pasold Research Fund  (member)

Research interests

Laura Ugolini’s current research focuses on the relationship between fathers and sons in the English middle classes between c. 1850 and 1918.

PhD supervision

Laura Ugolini is Director of Studies to the following PhD students:

Katrina Maitland-Brown
‘Fulfilling roles: Midland Women, developing roles and identities c.1760-1860’

Rebecca Ball
‘The experiences of family life of individuals who were children in World War One and grew up to experience the Second World War’

Caroline Henderson
'Unmanly Shirkers? Appeals against Conscription and Masculinity in England, 1916-1918’

External academic roles 

  • Association of Business Historians (member and past council member)  
  • Former joint editor, Textile History
  • Editorial Board Member: History of Retailing and Consumption; Journal of Historical Research in Marketing; Management History.

Selected publications


Civvies: Middle-Class Men on the English Home Front, 1914–18, Manchester University Press, 2013.  

Men and Menswear: Sartorial Consumption in Britain, 1880-1939, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007.


‘Middle-class fathers, sons and military service in England, 1914-1918’, Cultural and Social History, 2016.

'War-stained: British Combatants and Uniforms, 1914-18’, War & Society, vol. 33, no. 3 (2014).

 ‘Growing fat? Middle-class men and food consumption on the English home front, 1914-1918’, to Food & History (as part of a special edition on ‘Food: Convergence and Divergence in Europe since 1800’), vol. 10, no. 1 (2012).

 ‘Uniforms and illicit consumption in Britain, 1914-1918’, Journal of Design History, vol. 24, no. 2 (2011).  

‘Consumers to combatants? British uniforms and identities, 1914–18’, in Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, vol. 14, no. 2 (2010).

 ‘Menswear consumption and autobiographies’, in Textile History, vol. 40, no. 2 (2009).

Other Guest editor (with J. Benson), Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, special issue, ‘Beyond the Shop: Acquisition and Exchange Outside the Formal Market’, vol.2, no. 3 (2010).