Rochelle Rowe (PhD, SFHEA) is a British writer and a historian of gender, race and the body.  

She obtained a PhD in History from the University of Essex in 2010, where she helped pioneer interest in the history of beauty and beauty culture – now an established research area there. She has published in the Radical History Review, Gender & History and other journals. Rochelle’s career in higher education includes teaching history and leading major programmes of learning and development at Essex, Exeter, London universities and at UCL, where she now focuses on leadership development. 


Her first book, Imagining Caribbean Womanhood tells a feminist history of black beauty spanning the British West Indies, Harlem and postwar London and is published by Manchester University Press. Her next work, to be published in a multi-volume collection by Bloomsbury - The Cultural History of Beauty - explores black Victorian women and beauty in the age of empire.  

Rochelle has given talks at universities across the country and internationally, as well as at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Library and the Black Cultural Archives in Windrush Square, Brixton. Lately she contributed to the ‘Black in Academia’ event series, sharing her reflections to inspire new black researchers into academia.  

Rochelle lives in London and the Kent coast with her husband Ben.