Lecturer in Cultural and Intellectual History
Location Arts Two 2.31
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8425
I’ve been fascinated by the nineteenth century ever since my undergraduate days at the University of Leeds. My doctoral thesis examined how the body was understood and investigated in the late nineteenth-century asylum in Britain.
After completing my PhD I held a postdoctoral position at the University of Oxford, before taking up my current position as Lecturer.
My primary research interest is the history of psychiatry and medicine in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I am particularly interested in integrating these fields with histories of the body; for example, looking at how patients interacted with medical technologies and the body as site of scientific investigation and experimentation.
I am currently completing my first monograph, Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum, and beginning work on a second, on the history of resuscitation from the nineteenth century to the present.
I also work on film history, particularly British film and the horror/exploitation genres.
- Histories of psychiatry from 1800 to the present
- Interactions between people, medical technologies, and spaces
- Histories of medical ethics, and the body as site of experimentation
- British and American social history from c.1800 to the 1970s
- 'Bloody technology: the sphygmograph in asylum practice', History of Psychiatry (Sept. 2017).
- ‘In the shadow of the asylum: the Stanley Royd Salmonella outbreak of 1984’, Medical Humanities, 42 (Mar. 2016).
- ‘Atrophied, Engorged, Debauched: Degenerative Processes and Moral Worth in the General Paralytic Body’, in Thomas Knowles and Serena Trowbridge (eds), Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2015).
- ‘The bones of the insane’, History of Psychiatry, 24 (Jun. 2013).
- ‘A Dangerous Madness’, in Julian Upton (ed.), Offbeat: British Cinema’s Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems (London: Headpress, 2012).
- David Bates, Jennifer Wallis and Jane Winters (eds), The Creighton Century, 1907–2007 (London: University of London, 2009).