Dr. Roberta McGrath has worked as a lecturer and researcher in the UK at Northumbria, Westminster and Edinburgh Napier Universities, and has published widely on the history, theory and politics of photography. She is author of the interdisciplinary study Seeing her Sex: Medical Archives and the Female Body, Manchester University Press, 2002; the chapter History Read Backward: Memory, Migration and the Photographic Archive in A. Grossman and A. O’Brien, (Eds.), Projecting Migration: Transcultural Documentary Practice, Wallflower Press, 2007; Passport No. 656336, an essay on class, gender and politics in the work of 30s émigré photographer Edith Tudor-Hart in D. Forbes, (Ed.), Edith Tudor-Hart: In the Shadow of Tyranny, Hatje Cantz, 2013; and the chapter, Re-viewing the Gaze, examining the shifting theoretical and methodological terrain that has shaped understandings of the photographic gaze over the past 40 years in S. Bull, (Ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Photography, (2018).
McGrath was awarded a research fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin and is currently working on how refugees contributed to the making of post-war British photographic history. She regularly lectures for the National Galleries of Scotland and is a contributor to Source photographic magazine.