Professor Emerita Sally Alexander

Staff details

Position Professor Emerita of Modern History
Department History
Email s.alexander (
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7490
Professor Emerita Sally Alexander

Founding editor of History Workshop Journal, (HWJ); co-ed issues 71, 72, 2011 with Alun Howkins.  Member of the advisory of The Raphael Samuel Centre at Birkbeck, QMUL and UEL; Advisory of Psychoanalysis and History.

Academic qualifications

  • Diploma in History - Ruskin College, Oxford
  • BA History - University College, London
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Research Interests

Professor Sally Alexander is working on the history of psychoanalysis in Britain, the history of feminism and social movements; memory and subjectivity are longstanding interests. Prof Alexander part of an international research group based at the European University, 'Quest for Welfare and Democracy'.

Publications and research outputs

Edited Book

Alexander, Sally A. and Taylor, Barbara, eds. 2013. History and Psyche: Culture, Psychoanalysis and the Past. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230113855

Edited Journal

Alexander, Sally A. and Howkins, Alun, eds. 2011. History’s Value?, History Workshop Journal, 72(1). 1477-4569

Alexander, Sally A. and Howkins, Alun, eds. 2011. Digital Sources, Access and ‘History of a Nation’?, History Workshop Journal, 71(1). 1477-4569

Book Section

Alexander, Sally A.. 2016. D. W. Winnicott and the Social Democratic Vision. In: Matt ffytche and Daniel Pick, eds. Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism. Oxon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138793897

Alexander, Sally A.. 2010. ‘Memory-talk: 20thc century London Childhoods’. In: Susannah Radstone and Bill Schwartz, eds. Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates. Fordham University Press. ISBN 978-0823232604


Alexander, Sally A.. 2015. The Fantasy of Feminist History, by Joan Wallach Scott (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011; 200pp); reviewed by Sally Alexander ‘… BUT NO MORE ROMANCE …’. Psychoanalysis and History, 17(1), pp. 132-138. ISSN 1460-8235

Alexander, Sally A.. 2014. Generational memory and 20th-century lives. Families, Relationships and Societies, 3(3), 491-494(4). ISSN 2046-7435

Alexander, Sally A.. 2010. Desert Island Texts? Sally Alexander on Margaret Drabble's The Garrick Year. Women: A Cultural Review, 21(1), pp. 10-74. ISSN 0957-4042

Alexander, Sally A.. 2009. ‘"Do Grandmas have husbands?" Generational Memories’. Oral History Review, 36(2), pp. 159-176. ISSN 0094-0798

Alexander, Sally A.. 2007. The Witch and the Child: Women's Historical Writing and the Unconscious. Women a Cultural Review, 18(3), pp. 327-344. ISSN 14701367

Alexander, Sally A.. 2007. A New Civilisation? London Surveyed 1928-40. History Workshop Journal, 64(1), pp. 297-320. ISSN 13633554

Alexander, Sally A.. 2007. Eleanor Marx's Political Legacy - self sacrifice or self-realisation? Women s History Review, 16(4), pp. 595-616. ISSN 09612025

Conference or Workshop Item

Alexander, Sally A.. 2003. 'War of Nerves: Women and the New Age'. In: Inaugural Lecture. UNDEFINED 3/1/2003.