I am a visiting fellow in the History department at Goldsmiths as well as Dean of Students and member of Goldsmiths Executive. I was previously Director of Student Experience for the Arts Faculty (2017-2020) and a Teaching Fellow in the History of Medicine (2015-2017) at the University of Warwick. I was awarded a PhD in History by the University of Edinburgh in 2015.
I am a member of the UK Advising and Tutoring Association and currently act as Chair to the research committee. I was Director of the Digital Arts Lab at the University of Warwick from 2018 to 2020. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and hold a Postgraduate Award in Technology Enhanced Learning. I was Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy from 2017 to 2020.
I received the Jeremiah Dalziel Prize in British History from the University of Edinburgh in 2013.
- PhD in History, University of Edinburgh. ‘Dismembering Appearances: The Cultural Meaning of the Body and its Parts in 18th Century Understanding.' 2014
- Economic and Social History MSc by Research, University of Edinburgh. 2010
- MA (Honours) First Class in History, University of Edinburgh. 2009
My research examines the history of physical appearance, the body, popular medicine, and embodied identity in Britain 1650-1800. I have broader research and teaching expertise in British medicine from 1600-2000. I am currently working on a new project which explores health and the student experience in Britain 1950-present.
Alongside my historical research, I am an active educational researcher with a particular interest in personal tutoring and student co-creation.
Publications and research outputs
Pullin, Naomi and Woods, Kathryn, eds. 2021. Negotiating Exclusion in Early Modern England, 1550-1800. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780367338862
Woods, Kathryn and Lees, David. 2022. Supporting Arts and Humanities Student Development and Progression through Integrating Reflection into Personal Tutoring. In: Dave Lochite; Andrew Stork and Ben W Walker, eds. The Higher Education Personal Tutor’s and Advisor’s Companion: Translating Theory into Practice to Improve Student Success. St Albans: Critical Publishing. ISBN 9781913453459
Woods, Kathryn. 2021. The Negotiation of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Westminster Infirmary 1716-1750. In: Naomi Pullin and Kathryn Woods, eds. Negotiating Exclusion in Early Modern England, 1550-1800. New York: Routledge, pp. 117-140. ISBN 9780367338862
Woods, Kathryn and Homer, Damien. 2022. The staff–student co-design of an online resource for pre-arrival arts and humanities students. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 21(2), pp. 176-197. ISSN 1474-0222
Woods, Kathryn and Botcherby, Pierre. 2021. Then & Now Arts at Warwick Student Project: Co-creation in the COVID-19 crisis. Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, 8(4), pp. 55-75. ISSN 2053-9665
Woods, Kathryn. 2021. Review of Claudio Pogliano, Brain and Race: A History of Cerebral Anthropology. Brill. Nuncius Series. Studies and Sources in the Material and Visual History of Science. Journal of British Studies, 60(3), pp. 755-757. ISSN 0021-9371
Woods, Kathryn. 2020. The Development and Design of an Interactive Digital Training Resource for Personal Tutors. Frontiers in Education, 5, 100. ISSN 2504-284X
Woods, Kathryn. 2017. Facing Identity in a “Faceless” Society: Physiognomy, Facial Appearance and Identity Perception in Eighteenth-Century London’. Cultural and Social History, 14(2), pp. 137-153. ISSN 1478-0038
Further profile content
N. Pullin & K. Woods (eds), Negotiating Exclusion in the Early Modern England, 1550-1800
K. Woods & P. Botcherby, 'Then and Now: Arts at Warwick Student-Led Research and Public Engagement Project'
in K. Woods, P. Botcherby & J. Patel, Then and Now Special Issue, Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal
K. Woods, 'The Development and Design of an Interactive Training Resource for Personal Tutors'
Academic Advising and Tutoring for Student Success in Higher Education: International Perspectives, Frontiers in Education
‘Facing’ Identity in a ‘Faceless’ Society: Physiognomy, Facial Appearance and Identity Perception in Eighteenth-Century London
Cultural and Social History, 14:2 (March, 2018), pp. 137 - 153
The ‘Fair Sex’: Skin Colour, Gender and Narratives of Embodied Identity in Eighteenth‐Century British Non‐Fiction
The Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, 39:1 (March, 2017), pp. 49 - 66
I am currently leading a review of personal tutoring at Goldsmiths.
Led the student co-created history research project and exhibition 'Then and Now: Arts @ Warwick' (2019-2021). https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/applyingtostudy/currentstudents/thenandnow/
Co-led Preparing Pre-Arrival Students for the Warwick Student Experience project (2019-20). https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/academy/funding/2016-17fundedprojects/preparingprearrivalstudents/
Consultant for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for the exhibition ‘Method in the Madness: Understanding Ourselves Then and Now'. Medicine in The Life and Times of John Hall 1500-1635’ (2016/17). http://collections.shakespeare.org.uk/exhibition/exhibition/method-in-the-madness
I have published book reviews in the Journal for British Studies and Reviews in History.
Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups
- Chair of Student Access, Participation and Outcomes Sub-Committee
- Lead for Goldsmiths Personal Tutor Review
- Lead of Goldsmiths Senior Tutor Network
- Lead for Goldsmiths Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Retention and Attainment Working Groups
2019: Contributor to BBC2 History Series A House Through Time
Back to the Future: How Studying History Helps Medical Science
Public engagement event held at the School of Life Sciecnes, University of Warwick
'Method in the Madness: Understanding Ourselves Then and Now'. Medicine in The Life and Times of John Hall 1500 - 1635
Consultant with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for teh above oline exhibition, 2016/17
Expert consultant, Warwick Business School Dementia Health Care Challenge
University of Warwick
Edinburgh Assembly Rooms Heritage Project
Volunteer Communicator, 2011 - 3013
Conferences and talks
Putting the Tutoring Back into Personal Tutoring: The Changing Identity of Personal Tutoring in the Faculty of Arts’
Warwick University Education Conference
Nakedness and Physical Beauty in the Enlightenment
Wellcome Collection, 'Pretty Ugly: Early Modern Beauty'
Physiognomy and Early Modern Medical Diagnosis
University of Warwick, 'Reading the Body'
An Excrement or Anatomical Part? The Emergence of Conceptions of Hair as a Porous Structure in Early Modern Anatomy
Kings College London, ‘The Porous Body in Early Modern Europe’
The Problem of the Poor and Ugly Body in Eighteenth-Century Medical Space
University of Malta Valleta, ‘Beauty and the Hospital in History’
Sweat and Toil: Skin, Pores and the Labouring Body in the Long Eighteenth-Century
University of Reading, Early Modern Research Seminar
Every Face a New Friend? Facial Appearance, Fakery and the Fickleness of Female Friendship in Eighteenth-Century London
University of Oxford, ‘Friends, Allies and Enemies’, British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Annual Conference
Astrological Understandings of the Body in Early Modern Britain
Museum for the History of Science, Oxford, The Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science
No Scots! No Scots! How to Spot a Scot in Eighteenth-Century London
University of York, ‘First Impressions’
No Carrots! No Carrots!: Hair Colour, Humoral Medicine and Social Difference in Early Modern Britain
University of Warwick, History of Medicine Seminar Series
The Perceived ‘Ugliness’ of the Poor in Eighteenth-Century London
University of Warwick, ‘Aesthetics of Poverty’
A “Fair” Nation: Skin Colour and British National Identity 1650-1750
University of Birmingham, ‘Green Britain: Nationhood and the Environment 1500-1700
Discursive Dismemberment: The Application of Anatomical Method to Discursive Analysis of the Body in Early Modern Medical Texts
University of Glasgow, ‘Dissecting the Page: Medical Paratexts’
“Facing” Identity in a “Faceless” Society: Physiognomy, Facial Appearance and Character in Britain 1650-1780
University of Melbourne, ‘Reading the Face: Image, Text and Emotion
Grants and awards
2019: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2019: Postgraduate Award in Technology Enhanced Learning
Jeremiah Dalziel Prize in British History
University of Edinburgh
Teaching Award Nomination for ‘Postgraduates Who Tutor’
Edinburgh University Student Association, 2012/13
Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award, 2010 - 2013
Davidson Bursary of the Arts
University of Edinburgh, 2006 & 2007
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy
Member of the United Kingdom Academic Tutoring Association