Dr Katherine Hubbard
I am a Lecturer in the Sociology Department having previously worked in the School of Psychology. My research and teaching is inter-disciplinary, including sociological, psychological and historical components. I completed my PhD titled: 'A history of the Rorschach ink blot test: An interdisciplinary queer feminist approach to one bleeding test' at the University of Surrey. Prior to that I did a Masters at the University of Sussex in Applied and Social Psychology and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Surrey.
My research is interdisciplinary and I work within and around Sociology, Psychology and History with particular interests in the histories of social sciences with queer feminist approaches. Trained as a social psychologist, I adopt a particular critical, perspective in analysis of objects of psychological and sociological interest. I am engaged with questions surrounding the influences and loops on and from the social sciences, as well as those surrounding 'truth' within the philosophy of science. Generally speaking, I have research interests in sexuality, gender, LGBT studies and queer history and adopt quantitative, qualitative and historical methods. I am involved in the University of Surrey's Sex, Gender and Sexuality (SGS) Research Group.
Introduction to Research Methods; Psychology of Criminal Behaviour; Gender; and Dimensions of Social Change.
also celebrate their work, their resistance and their unconventionality.
This article charts the historical period from the 1950s to the 1990s, focusing on the role of Psychology in the lives of LGBTIQ people in Britain. Psychology has been, and is, central to the social, legal and medical understandings of biological sex and how best to understand diversity in gender and sexuality. Likewise, gay liberation and liberationist politics also had an effect on Psychology. For the 1950s-1960s, we outline how Psychologists influenced the Law in relation to the Wolfenden Report (1957) and how expertise was centrally located within the Psy disciplines. Following this, in the 1960s-1970s, activists began to challenge this expertise and became increasingly critical of pathologisation and of ?treatments? for homosexuality. They did not reject Psychology wholesale, however, and some groups engaged with queer affirmative psychologists who had similar liberatory aims. Finally, for the 1980s-1998 we highlight the establishment of the Lesbian and Gay Section of the British Psychological Society which signalled institutional recognition of lesbian and gay psychologists. This is explored against a backdrop of a specific British history of HIV/AIDS and Section 28. The past fifty years have been a battleground of categories in which LGBTIQ people were conflated, compared, and confused. We demonstrate that psychologists (not all of whom adopted a pathologising perspective) alongside politicians, lawyers, doctors, journalists and activists all played a role in the boundary-making practices of this period. Across this entangled history we demonstrate varied and significant shifts in the legitimacy of professional and personal expertise.
Public Significance Statement:
This article presents a British history of LGBTIQ Psychology from 1954-1998. Within a complex landscape of law, social change, medicine and activism, it recognises the influence Psychology has had on the lives of LGBTIQ people and vice versa. This history is important for contemporary Psychology as LGBTIQ issues continue to be contested in Britain and further afield.
Hubbard, K. (2019). Queer Ink: A Blotted History Towards Liberation. Routledge.
Hubbard, K.A. & Griffiths, D.A. (under review). Sexual Offenses, Diagnosis and Activism: A Queer British History of Psychology. American Psychologist. Special Issue 50 years since Stonewall: The science and politics of sexual orientation and gender diversity.
Capdevila, R. Hubbard, K. & Donnelly, L. (2019). Standing still whilst ‘looking back and moving forwards’: the personal accounts of POWS members in the here and now. Psychology of Women and Equalities Review.
Hubbard, K. (2018). The British projective test movement: Reflections on a queer feminist tale. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 19(1) 26-35.
Hubbard, K. (2017). Queer Signs: The women of the British projective test movement. Journal of the history of the Behavioural Sciences, 53(2), 265-285.
Hubbard, K. (2017). Treading on delicate ground: Comparing the Lesbian and Gay Affirmative Rorschach Research of June Hopkins and Evelyn Hooker. Psychology of Women Section Review, 19 (1), 3-9.
Hubbard, K. & Hegarty, P. (2017). Rorschach tests and Rorschach vigilantes: Queering the history of Psychology in Watchmen. History of the Human Sciences, 30(4) 75–99.
Hubbard, K. & Hegarty, P. (2016). Blots and all: A history of the Rorschach Ink Blot test in Britain. Journal of the History of the Behavioural Sciences, 52(2), 146-166.
Hubbard, K. & de Visser, R. (2015). Not just bi the bi: The relationship between essentialist beliefs and attitudes about bisexuality. Psychology and Sexuality, 6(3), 258-274.
Hubbard, K. & Hegarty, P. (2014) Why is the History of Heterosexuality Essential? Beliefs about the History of Sexuality and Their Relationship to Sexual Prejudice. Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 471-490.
BOOK/ ENCYCLOPEDIA CHAPTERS
Hubbard, K. & Bharj, N. (in press). A Gendered Prestige: The Powers at Play when Doing Psychology with Ink Blots/Statistics. In Psychological Studies in Science and Technology. O’Doherty, K., Ernst Schraube, E., & Yen,J. (Eds.).
Hubbard, K. (2018). Hooker, Evelyn. American National Biography.
Hubbard, K. & Hare, D. (2015). Psychologists as testers. In Clinical Psychology in Britain: Historical Perspectives. Hall, J., Pilgrim, D. & Turpin, G. (Eds.). History of Psychology Centre Monograph No 2. British Psychology Society, Leicester: Blackwell.
Hegarty, P., Bartos, S., & Hubbard, K. (2015). The History of Theory in Social Psychology. In Wright, J. D (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Elsevier.
Hegarty, P., Hubbard, K., & Nyatanga, L., (2015). Innovative Approaches to Teaching CHIP: An Introduction [to the Special Issue edited by the authors]. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 16(1), 1-3.
Hubbard, K. (2018). Queer: A Graphic History, Review. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 9(2), 53-54.
Hubbard, K. (2016). Review of Phellas, C. (2012). Researching non- heterosexual sexualities. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. Psychology of Sexualities Review, 7(1), 114-118.
Hubbard, K. (2016). Review of Lepore, J. (2014). The Secret History of Wonder Woman. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Feminism & Psychology, 7(11), 114-118.
Hubbard, K. (2015). Review of Lesbian Lives Conference 2015: Lesbians Feminism/s Now! Psychology of Sexualities Review, 6(1), 110-111.
Hubbard, K. (2015). Review of Hayward, R. (2014). The Transformation of the Psyche in British Primary Care 1880-1970. Bloomsbury: London. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 51(3), 338–340