Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Research Fellow
After completing my undergraduate studies in Physics and HPS at the University of Cambridge, I spent ten years as a BBC film-maker. I subsequently won Wellcome Trust funding for an MA and PhD in the history of medicine at UCL. I currently work at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, as a post-doctoral researcher and Public Engagement Co-ordinator.
My central research interest is the history and philosophy of concepts of health. My PhD thesis examined this topic from a biographical perspective, looking at the American philosopher and psychologist William James's explorations of different understandings of health and their social, philosophical and religious contexts: ‘Re-writing the laws of health: William James on the politics and philosophy of disease in nineteenth-century America.’
My post-doctoral research extends my focus further into the twentieth century and explores the links between child-rearing ideas and practices and concepts of psychological health.
- The American philospher and psychologist William James (1842-1910)
- Stoicism and the Victorians
- The mind-cure movement
- Late nineteenth and twentieth-century child-rearing ideas and practices
- Twentieth-century concepts of psychological health
- ‘Interpreting “Mind-Cure”: William James and “the Chief Task of the Science of Human Nature’, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Spring 2012, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 115-133.
- ‘When Misery and Metaphysics Collide: William James on ‘the Problem of Evil’’, Medical History, July 2011, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp. 389-392.
- ‘Marcus Aurelius, William James and “the Science of Religions”’, William James Studies, Dec. 2009, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 70-89.
- Francesca Bordogna, William James at the Boundaries: Philosophy, Science, and the Geography of Knowledge, History of the Human Sciences, Sep. 2010, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 121-124.
- Lee-Ann Monk, Attending Madness: at work in the Australian colonial asylum, Medical History, Oct. 2010, Vol. 54, No. 4, pp. 560-561.
In 2008 I was awarded the 'Friends of the Wellcome Trust Centre and Library Prize' for the most outstanding MA dissertation in my year.
During my doctoral studies I was awarded the ‘2010 Young Scholar Award’ by the International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
I have extensive public engagement experience as a film-maker and a media consultant.
I have produced and directed several programmes for BBC2's flagship Horizon science series; presenter-led formats including What the Tudors did for us; and observational medical documentaries, such as Trauma for BBC1 and the Grierson-nominated Who should get the liver?, which examined the ethics of liver transplantation operations in the NHS.
I am currently working as a factual content producer on a Wellcome-funded Society Award, entitled Surgeon X, helping to develop and shape both the scientific and medical humanities aspects of a graphic novel set in a near-future world.