Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
History Department
UIC


 

Profile:
Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska teaches courses on modern Britain, the British Empire and modern European history. Her latest monograph, Managing the Body: Beauty, Health and Fitness in Britain, 1880s – 1939 (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2010), explores the emergence of modern male and female bodies within the context of debates about racial fitness and active citizenship in Britain from the late nineteenth century to the eve of the Second World War. Her research focuses on twentieth century British history and she has worked on a range of topics including industrial relations in the coal mining industry, electoral politics and the Conservative Party, rationing and austerity policies in the Second World War, female consumers and most recently the body, lifestyle and public health. All of her work examines the relationship between the state and society and, specifically, the interplay between politics, gender and consumption. Her first monograph Austerity in Britain : Rationing, Controls and Consumption, 1939-1955 (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2000), won the 2001 British Council Prize awarded by the North American Conference on British Studies. She is editor of Women in Twentieth Century Britain (Pearson Education: Harlow, 2001), co-editor of The Conservatives and British Society, 1880-1990 (University of Wales Press: Cardiff, 1996) and has published widely on politics, women’s and gender history. She is currently co-editing a volume entitled Food and War in Twentieth Century Europe under contract with Ashgate. Her latest research project explores the promotion of health and fitness by members of the royal family in interwar Britain.