I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Professor Hilary Marland’s project ‘The Last Taboo of Motherhood?: Postnatal Mental Disorders in Twentieth-Century Britain’, funded by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.
My project strand explores the theme ‘Sufferers and their Publics: Experiencing and Narrating Postnatal Mental Illness’. I address the ways in which mothers described their own experiences of mental illness, and how the 'public' responded. I draw on a wide range of books (letters, memoirs and autobiographies), magazines and newspaper articles, audio-visual sources (from radio to television and film) and oral history interviews.
For more information, see our project website.
I am also writing my first monograph, The Rise and Fall of the Sunbed: Tanning Culture from Fad to Fear (McGill-Queen's University Press, forthcoming). For more information about my PhD project on the history of tanning culture, click here.
The Wellcome Trust have kindly funded both my postgraduate and postdoctoral research.
- 2021-2024: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ‘The Last Taboo of Motherhood?: Postnatal Mental Disorders in Twentieth-Century Britain’, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick.
- 2020-2021: Medical Humanities China-UK (MHCUK) Early Career Fellowship, Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH), Universities of Strathclyde, Manchester and Shanghai.
- April-August 2020: Early Career Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), University of Warwick.
- April-July 2019: Wellcome Trust Secondment Fellowship at Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), Westminster.
- 2014–2015: Cover Teacher, Toot Hill Secondary School/College, Nottingham.
- 2016–2020: Medical Humanities PhD, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick.
- 2015-2016: MA History of Medicine, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick
- 2011-2014: BA Combined Honours: History and Music, University of Liverpool.
- The Rise and Fall of the Sunbed: Tanning Culture from Fad to Fear (McGill-Queen's University Press, forthcoming).
‘Talk Shows and “Tanorexia”: Motherhood and Sunbed Addiction on British TV in the 1990s’ in Tracey Loughran, Daisy Loughran and Kate Mahoney (eds), Gender, Subjectivity, and “Everyday Health” in the Post-1945 World (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2023).
‘Sunbeds, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) Fake Tan and MelonoTan Injections: A History of 'Safe' Tanning Technologies' in Rachel Elder and Thomas Schlich (eds), Technology and Health in the Age of Patient Consumerism (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2023).
- ‘From 'Immoral' Users to 'Sunbed Addicts': The Media- Medical Pathologising Of Working-Class Consumers and Young Women in Late Twentieth-Century England’, Social History of Medicine, Volume 35, Issue 3, (2022), pp.770-92.
- (co-authored with Rowena Bermingham) 'Improving Witness Testimony', Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (July 2019).
- Jessica Borge, Protective Practices: A History of the London Rubber Company and the Condom Business (McGill-Queens University Press, 2020) in Cultural and Social History (2022).
- 'The 'Sedimented Meanings and Compounded Politics' of Skin Lighteners’ for Lynn M. Thomas, Beneath the surface: A transnational history of skin lighteners (Duke University Press, 2020) in Metascience (History of Science and Technology), Volume 29, (2020).
- Tania Anne Woloshyn, Soaking up the Rays: Light Therapy and Visual Culture in Britain, C. 1890-1940 (University of Manchester Press, 2017)' in Social History of Medicine, Volume 32, Issue 2, (2019).