Ren Pepitone holds a B.A. in History from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in History from Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in Britain and its empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Research and teaching interests include cultural history, urban history, imperial history, and the history of gender and sexuality. Her article on women’s struggle for the right to practice as barristers recently appeared in the Journal of Women’s History. She is currently revising a manuscript that explores entrenched masculine subcultures, the uses of the past, and the longevity of conservatism in British legal institutions.