Charlotte is a historian of young people, old people, and social research. She completed her first three degrees at the University of Auckland, where Her Masters thesis on young people, romance, and courtship in interwar New Zealand won the Fowlds Memorial Prize for the most distinguished MA thesis in the Faculty of Arts. Charlotte then took up a Commonwealth Scholarship to complete her PhD at the University of Oxford, on personal experiences of old age in Britain during the mid twentieth century. Her current project, funded by the Australian Research Council, is a history of the popular appeal of social research in twentieth-century Australia.