Deborah Youngs is the Deputy Executive Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. A social and cultural historian of late medieval Britain, she began her research career exploring early Tudor gentry and aristocratic culture before writing on issues of ageing and the life cycle in 14th and 15th century Europe.
The intersection of age and gender has been an important theme throughout her career, and more recent research has focused on the experiences of women in England's law courts during the early Tudor period. Between 2014-2018 she was PI on a 4-year collaborative project (funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, AH/L013568/1) entitled 'Women negotiating the Boundaries of Justice, c.1100-c.1750', which compared women's access to justice across Britain and Ireland. Her own work explores female litigants at the central courts of Star Chamber and Chancery, showing the challenges women faced, but also the strategies they employed to achieve successful outcomes. She is currently editing (with Dr Teresa Phipps) a collection of essays entitled Litigating Women: gender and justice in courts of law, c.1300-c.1750 (Routledge, 2021) and is also writing a monograph on the lives and experiences of women in Wales, 1350-1550.
Professor Youngs is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of MEMO, the Swansea Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research.