Professor Kent specializes in modern British history, focusing on gender, culture, imperialism, and politics.
Professor Kent teaches courses on modern British history and British imperialism from a global/comparative perspective. Some of the courses she teaches include: "Introduction to British History since 1660," "Introduction to Global History: Settler Colonialism, 17th century - present," and a seminar called "Revolts Against the British Empire, 1745-1929." In 2015, in recognition of exceptional service, teaching and research, she was named a CU Boulder College of Arts & Sciences Professor of Distinction.
Professor Kent received her Ph.D. in comparative history from Brandeis University. Her publications include Sex and Suffrage in Britain, 1860-1914 (Routledge, 1987), Making Peace: The Reconstruction of Gender in Interwar Britain (Princeton University Press, 1993), Gender and Politics in Britain, 1640-1990 (Routledge, 1999); an e-text, The History of Western Civilization since 1500: An Ecological Approach (2008); Aftershocks: Politics and Trauma in Britain, 1918-1931 (2009); The Women's War of 1929: Gender and Violence in Colonial Nigeria (2011), with Misty Bastian and Marc Matera; Gender and History (2012); The Global Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 (2012); Africans and Britons in the Age of Empires, 1660-1980 (2015), with Myles Osborne; Queen Victoria: Gender and Empire (2016); A New History of Britain: Four Nations and an Empire (2016); and The Global 1930s (2017), with Marc Matera. Her most recent book, Gender, A World History, will appear in 2020. Kent held a National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She currently Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.
Professor Kent is no longer accepting graduate students.