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Roberta Bivins

Professor Roberta Bivins

Director of the Centre

Coordinator, MA in the History of Medicine

Jamie Banks Dr Jamie Banks Doreen Kembabazi

Dr Doreen Kembabazi

Specialisms: Medicine, ethnicity and immigration in the 20th century; domestic medical technologies; post-war medical research and healthcare delivery patterns in the UK and USA.

Specialisms: History of drugs in the British Empire and post-colonial Britain. My current research explores the histories of cannabis, race, and mental illness in post-war Britain, with a specific interest in the social and health inequalities experienced by Black communities in the 1980s and 1990s.

Specialisms: 19th/20th Century East Africa, Ethnicity, Nationalism, Slavery, Gender, Women, Reproductivity, Sexuality, Dress and fashion, Urbanization.
Sophie Mann

Dr Sophie Mann

On Maternity Leave

Hilary Marland

Professor Hilary Marland

Claire Shaw

Dr Claire Shaw

Specialisms: History of science, medicine, and religion

Specialisms: History of psychiatry; migration and mental illness; the health of adolescent girls; household medicine; midwifery and childbirth; medical practice in the nineteenth century.

Specialisms: History of Russia and the Soviet Union; the formation of Soviet identity; the history of disability and marginality; contemporary Russian fashion and Soviet public space.
Elise Smith

Dr Elise Smith 

ON LEAVE 2023-24

Claudia Stein

Dr Claudia Stein

ON LEAVE 2023-24

Mathew Thomson

Professor Mathew Thomson

Specialisms: The history of medicine in Britain and the British Empire during the modern period. Specialisms: Medicine and science in early modern Germany (1500-1800); enlightenment science and medicine, strategies of biopower (1800-today); visual culture and medicine (1500-today); the history of epistemology. Specialisms: 19th and 20th century British history; history of social policy; psychology and eugenics.
Anna Toropova Dr Anna Toropova        
Specialisms: The cultural and medical history of Russia and the Soviet Union; cinema and the transformation of the human subject; intersections between medical knowledge, cinematic technology, and psycho-physiological reforging in the early Soviet period