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Dr Katherine Hubbard

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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.

Research interests

I am a historian of the medical and social sciences with a particular interest in feminist and queer histories. 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. I have additional research interests in sexuality, gender, essentialist beliefs and graphic novels and use quantitative, qualitative and historical methods.


Currently teaching;

Introduction to Research MethodsPsychology of Criminal BehaviourFamilies and SocietySociology of Gender

Public engagement

Public engagement

Hubbard, K. (2015). '…Rorschach. He's sick in his mind.' Asylum Magazine. Graphic novels and mental Health special issue, 23 (2), 20-2.

Capdevila, R., Hubbard, K., & Andreouli, E. (2014). Investigating Psychology: A resource for studying CHIP.

Hubbard, K. (2014). LGBT Campus Climate Survey Report Summary.

Hubbard, K. (2013). Googling the Rorschach Ink Blot Test. Surrey Psychology Blog…

My publications


Peer-reviewed articles

Hubbard, K. (2017). Queer Signs: The women of the British Projective Test Movement. Journal of the History of the Behavioural Sciences, 53, 265-285.

Hubbard, K. & Hegarty, P. (2017). Rorschach tests and Rorschach vigilantes: Queering the history of Psychology in Watchmen. Psychology and its publics [special issue]. History of the Human Sciences 30 (4), pp. 75-99.

Hubbard, K. (in press). Treading on delicate ground: Comparing the Lesbian and Gay Affirmative Rorschach Research of June Hopkins and Evelyn Hooker. Psychology of Women Section Review. Post-graduate prize winner paper.

Hubbard, K. & Hegarty, P. (2016). Blots and all: A history of the Rorschach Ink Blot test in Britain. Journal of the History of the Behavioral 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/ Encyclopaedia Chapters

Hubbard, K. & Hare, D. (2015). Psychologists as testers. In Clinical Psychology in Britain: Historical Perspectives (Eds: Hall, J., Pilgrim, D. & Turpin, G). 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.

Special Issue Introduction

Hegarty, P., Hubbard, K., & Nyatanga, L., (2015). Innovative Approaches to Teaching CHIP: An Introduction to the Special Issue. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 16 (1), 1-3.


Hubbard, K. (in press). Review of Phellas, C. (2012). Researching non- heterosexual sexualities. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited. Psychology of Sexualities Review.

Hubbard, K. (in press). Review of Lepore, J. (2014). The Secret History of Wonder Woman. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Feminism & Psycholgoy.

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