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Stephanie Olsen

Senior Research Fellow
Faculty of Social Sciences
| Sub unit: History, Philosophy and Literary Studies

About me

Stephanie Olsen, Ph.D, FRHistS, is an historian of childhood and youth, education, and experiences/emotions, with a particular focus on the British Empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is a Senior Researcher at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences, having previously held positions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Center for the History of Emotions (Berlin) and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. 

She is the author/co-author of two monographs, Juvenile Nation: Youth, Emotions and the Making of the Modern British Citizen (Bloomsbury, 2014; paperback 2015) and Learning How to Feel: Children’s Literature and the History of Emotional Socialization, c. 1870-1970 (Oxford University Press, 2014), and the editor of the collection, Childhood, Youth and Emotions in Modern History: National, Colonial and Global Perspectives (Palgrave, 2015). Her new research focuses on the history of children’s experiences, education and the cultivation of hope in the First World War. It was supported by a Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada Insight Development Grant. 

Olsen is the general co-editor of the forthcoming 6-volume Cultural History of Youth (Bloomsbury) and the 4-volume Children, Childhood and Youth in the Long Nineteenth Century: A Global Primary Source Collection (Routledge). She co-edits the journal History of Education.