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Chloe Challender

History, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

Institutional intimacy: gender, contested sexuality and relationships in the 19th Century British Parliament

Research Area

  • History
  • Political History


Sarah Childs and Chloe Challender, ‘Re-gendering the UK House of Commons: The Academic Critical Actor and Her ‘Feminist in Residence’ (Political Studies Review Vol 17 Issue 4, 428-435, 1 August 2019)

Adam Mellows-Facer, Chloe Challender and Paul Evans, ‘Select Committees: Agents of Change’ (Parliamentary Affairs Vol 72 Issue 4, pages 903-922, October 2019)

Chloe Challender and Harriet Deane, ‘The construction of the Good Parliamentarian within the House of Commons’ (Study of Parliament Group 2021)


Panellist, Gender and Political Groups in Britain c.1650-1950 Conference, University of Northampton May 2023

Co-Convenor, M4C-funded Maternal Bodies Symposium, Birmingham 15 June 2023 

Public Engagement & Impact

Senior Clerk, House of Commons (part-time role). Two decades’ experience as a senior official working on parliamentary procedure, policy and inclusion across Whitehall and Westminster. 

Comprehensive first-hand experience in designing and implementing strategies for political inclusion gained through leadership of Parliament’s gender equality network. 

March 2023: Women's History Month talk for Parligender.

Fellow, Westminster Abbey Institute. Member, Organising Committee July 2023 inaugural WAI Congress.

Other Research Interests

Women's representation in the contemporary 21st Century UK Parliament.

Diversity and inclusion within parliamentary institutions.


Practitioner member, Study of Parliament Group. Authored chapter in 2021 book ‘Parliaments and the Pandemic’ on the effect of the hybrid Parliament on inclusion and masculinities/femininities.