Eccellenza Assistant Professor, International History and Politics
Faculty Affiliate, Gender Centre
Spoken languages
English, French
Areas of expertise
  • Civil society, social movements, Trade Unions, NGOs
  • Gender, women and public policies
  • Global health, global health diplomacy, global health governance, medical anthropology
  • Human rights
  • Religion and politics


PhD, University of Fribourg

Before joining the Institute, Dr Rusterholz was a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Faculty of History, Cambridge University. She was also a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Postdoctoral Fellow at Birkbeck College and Cambridge. Her research focuses on the transnational history of sexual and reproductive health, population and family in the twentieth century. Her first book, Deux enfants c'est déjà pas mal, famille et fécondité en Suisse, explores why Swiss parents limited the size of their families in the 1960s. Her second monograph Women’s Medicine, Sex, Family Planning and British Female Doctors in Transnational Perspective (1920-70) (Manchester University Press, December 2020) traces the key roles played by British women doctors in the production and circulation of contraceptive knowledge from a transnational perspective. Her third manuscript under contract with Oxford University Press is a socio-cultural history of young people’s sexuality in Britain from the 1960s to the 1990s, using the Brook Advisory Centre (Brook) as a case study. 

Current Research

Her new research project Race and Sexual and Reproductive Health Charities in postwar Britain, which was awarded and Eccellenza fellowship and a European Research Council (ERC) starting grant (declined), explores the racialisation of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) charities and the ways that minoritised communities advocated for their SRH needs.


  • Caroline Rusterholz, Shaping Sexual Behaviour in the Young: The Brook Advisory Centres, 1960s-1990s, (Oxford University Press), under contract, forthcoming 2024.
  • Caroline Rusterholz, Women’s Medicine, Sex, Family Planning and British Female Doctors in Transnational Perspective (1920-70). (Manchester University Press, December 2020).
  • Caroline Rusterholz, ‘”If we can show that we are helping adolescents to understand themselves, their feelings and their needs, then we are doing [a] valuable job”. Counselling young people on sexual health in the Brook Advisory Centre (1965-1985)’, available online Medical Humanities.
  • Caroline Rusterholz, ‘Youth Sexuality, Responsibility and the Opening of the Brook Advisory Centre in London and Birmingham in the 1960s’, Journal of British Studies, 2021, 1-28.
  • Caroline Rusterholz, ‘’You can’t dismiss that as being less happy, you see it is different’. Sexual therapy in 1950s England’, Twentieth Century British History, 30, 3 (2019), 375–398.