Laura Ramsay

Dr Laura Ramsay

  • 01202 965956
  • lramsay at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in History
  • Weymouth House W404, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Journal Articles

  • Ramsay, L., 2022. Davidson [née Tait], Edith Murdoch, Lady Davidson of Lambeth, clergy wife and moral welfare organizer. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Ramsay, L.M., 2020. ‘The Relation of the Sexes’: towards a Christian view of sex and citizenship in interwar Britain. Contemporary British History, 34 (4), 555-579.
  • Ramsay, L., 2018. The Church of England, Homosexual Law Reform, and the Shaping of the Permissive Society, 1957–1979. Journal of British Studies (University of Chicago Press), 57 (1), 108-137.
  • Ramsay, L., 2016. The Ambiguities of Christian Sexual Discourse in Post-War Britain: The British Council of Churches and Its Early Moral Welfare Work. Journal of Religious History, 40 (1), 82-103.



  • Ramsay, L., 2024. Social transformation, gender, and European Christianity. In: Ryrie, A. and Lamport, M.A., eds. Entangling Web. The Fractious Story of Christianity in Europe. Cascade Books.
  • Ramsay, L., 2022. ‘The Relation of the Sexes’: towards a Christian view of sex and citizenship in interwar Britain. In: Wood, J.C., ed. Christian Modernities in Britain and Ireland in the Twentieth Century. Routledge.
  • Ramsay, L., 2020. Assembling an Anglican view of self-governing sexual citizenship, 1918–1945. In: Rodger, T., Williamson, P. and Grimley, M., eds. The Church of England and British Politics since 1900. Boydell & Brewer.

Internet Publications


  • Ramsay, L., 2022. Review of British gods. Religion in modern Britain. By Steve Bruce. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2020. Cambridge University Press. Published.
  • Ramsay, L., 2021. Review of The battle for Christian Britain. Sex, humanists and secularization, 1945-1980. Cambridge University Press. Published.
  • Ramsay, L., 2020. Review of New approaches in history and theology to same-sex love and desire. Edited by Mark D. Chapman and Dominic Janes. Palgrave Macmillan (Genders and Sexualities in History Series) 2018.. Liverpool University Press. Submitted.
  • Ramsay, L., 2020. Review of A Little Gay History of Wales. Liverpool University Press. Published.
  • Ramsay, L., 2017. Review of Constance Maynard's Passions: Religion, Sexuality, and an English Educational Pioneer, 1849–1935 by Pauline A. Phipps. University of Toronto Press. Published.
  • Ramsay, L., 2017. Review of Wolfenden’s Witnesses: Homosexuality in Postwar Britain. By Brian Lewis. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2016.. Oxford University Press. Published.
  • Ramsay, L., 2014. Review of Queer Domesticities: Homosexuality and Home Life in Twentieth-Century London. By Matt Cook. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York, (Genders and Sexualities in History Series) 2014.. Oxford University Press. Published.
  • Ramsay, L., 2012. Review of Being the Body of Christ: Towards a Twenty-First-Century Homosexual Theology for the Anglican Church. By Chris Mounsey. London: Equinox Publishing, 2011.. H-Net, History Department, Michigan State University. Published online.

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Undergraduate Dissertation Supervisor (Level 6)
  • The Victorians (Level 5)
  • The Home Front: From the Napoleonic Wars to Afghanistan (Level 5)
  • Historical Evidence (Level 4)
  • Historical Skills (Level 4)
  • Permissive Britain? Sexual Revolution, Reaction, and Remembering, 1945–1990 (Level 6)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Academic Course Contact, BA (Hons) History
  • Level 4 Co-ordinator, BA (Hons) History

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Academic advisor on the LGBT+ Speak Out oral history project, Dorset History Centre

Conference Presentations

  • Humanities and Social Sciences Research Seminar Series, Re-examining historical narratives surrounding the British churches and the development of a new gender order in twentieth- century Britain, 18 Nov 2020, Bournemouth University
  • History Research Group Symposium, Plenary paper: “Challenges and prospects for historical studies today: working on the intersections between religion and sex in modern Britain”, 15 Jul 2020, Bournemouth University
  • Modern Religious History IHR Seminar Series, Re-examining narratives of gender, sexual modernity and the British Churches: the 1924 Conference on Christian Politics, Economics and Citizenship and its report on “The Relation of the Sexes", 04 Dec 2019, Institute of Historical Research, London


  • PGCE in Educational Practice (Bournemouth University, 2019)
  • PhD in History (University of Nottingham, 2015)
  • MA in History (University of Nottingham, 2011)
  • BA (Hons) in History (University of Nottingham, 2010)


  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2019-),