George Severs


Postdoctoral Researcher, Gender Centre
Spoken languages
Areas of expertise
  • Civil society, social movements and NGOs
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Masculinity
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Gender and Health
  • Oral History
  • Queer theory
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • United Kingdom


PhD, University of Cambridge

Dr George Severs is Postdoctoral Researcher on the Swiss National Science Foundation-funded project 'Race and Sexual and Reproductive Health Charities in postwar Britain' (PI Dr Caroline Rusterholz). Before joining the Graduate Institute, Dr Severs was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Wellcome-funded Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters (SHaME) project at Birkbeck, University of London. There, he researched the history of male survivors of sexual violence in the UK, as well as the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on forensic and genitourinary medics working with survivors of sexual violence. His first book, based on his PhD thesis and under contract with Bloomsbury Academic, is a history of HIV/AIDS activism in England during the 1980s and 1990s. Dr Severs is an oral historian, serving as Public History Editor on the journal Oral History and as the Secretary of the Oral History Society's LGBTQ special interest group.


Selected publications

George J. Severs. 2024. On the need for a sexual healthcare commissioner. British Medical Journal: Sexually Transmitted Infections.

George J. Severs. 2024. Radical Acts: HIV/AIDS Activism in Late Twentieth-Century England. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

George J. Severs. 2024. Male rape: survivors, support and the law in late twentieth-century England and Wales. History Workshop Journal.

George J. Severs. 2022. Oral History. In Theory, Method and Historiography Collection. Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method series.

George J. Severs. 2020. Reticence and the Queer Past. Oral History. 48(1): 45-56.

Amy Tooth Murphy, Emma Vickers, George J. Severs and Christine Wall. 2020. Editorial: LGBTQ+ lives: history, identity and belonging. Oral History. 48(1): 2-3.

George J. Severs. 2019. ‘No promotion of homosexuality’: Section 28 and the No Outsiders protests. History and Policy.

George J. Severs. 2017. The ‘obnoxious mobilised minority’: homophobia and homohysteria in the British National Party, c. 1982-1999. Gender and Education. 29(2): 165-181.