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Pat Thane is a professor of Contemporary History at King's College London as well as a general historian. She teaches on the MA in Politics and Contemporary History: modules on Welfare and the State in Britain 1900-1945, 1945–present and contributes to modules on politics and society since c. 1900.[1] She was the Leverhulme Professor[2] of Contemporary British History in 1998–2001 at the Institute of Historical Research and a Professor at the University of Sussex from 1994 till 2001.[3][4]

Thane is the UK Government's Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Work and Pensions on research capabilities and is a member of the international reference group on the Nordic welfare state for the Nordic Centre of Excellence (NordWel).[5][6]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Thane, Pat; Evans, Tanya (2012), Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? : unmarried motherhood in twentieth-century England, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0199578508
  • Thane, Pat; Breitenbach, Esther (2010), Women and citizenship in Britain and Ireland in the twentieth century : what difference did the vote make?, Continuum, ISBN 1441149007
  • Thane, Pat (2005), The long history of old age, Thames & Hudson, ISBN 9780500251263
  • Johnson, Paul (1994), 20th century britain - economic, social and cultural change, contributed in sections 'The social, economic and political status of women' and 'Women since 1945', Longman, ISBN 0582228174[7]
  • Thane, Pat (1982), The foundations of the welfare state, Social policy in modern Britain, Longman, ISBN 9780582295155


  1. ^ "Professor Pat Thane". KCL. 2016-08-10. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  2. ^ "Grant schemes - The Leverhulme Trust". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
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  4. ^ "Professor Pat Thane". KCL. 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  5. ^ "History & Policy: who we are". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  6. ^ "Organisation – Nordic Centre of Excellence NordWel". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  7. ^ "Google Books". Google. Retrieved 2016-01-28.