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Dr Hannah J. Elizabeth

I am a Research Fellow for the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award 'The Cultural History of the NHS' in the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick, currently researching late twentieth century lesbian health activism in the Midlands. Before joining Warwick, I worked as a research assistant on the Wellcome Investigator Award, Placing the Public in Public Health: Public Health in Britain, 1948-2010, investigating the role of emotion in public health. I completed my PhD in 2017 at the University of Manchester, it investigated the representation of HIV positive identities to children and adolescents in Britain, 1981-1997. Currently, alongside my research on lesbian health, I am writing a monograph based on my PhD research and preparing to take up my Wellcome Research Fellowship ‘What’s love got to do with it? Building and maintaining HIV-affected families through love, care, and activism in Edinburgh 1981-2016’.

Academic profile

2020- present - Research Fellow working on the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, The Cultural History of the NHS, University of Warwick

2017-2020 – Research Assistant working on the Wellcome Investigator Award, Placing the Public in Public Health: Public Health in Britain, 1948-2010. Primarily focused on the place of emotion in public health interventions since 1948.

2013 – 2017 - PhD in History of Science Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester

2011-2013 - MA in Cultural History, University of Manchester

2008-2011 - BA (Hons) Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester



Hannah J. Elizabeth, ‘“Private things affect other people”: Grange Hill’s critique of British sex education policy in the age of AIDS’, Twentieth Century British History, (March, 2020)

Alex Mold, Hannah J. Elizabeth, ‘Superman vs. Nick O’Teen: anti-smoking campaigns and children in 1980s Britain, Palgrave Communications, (October, 2019)

Hannah J. Elizabeth, Gareth Millward, Alex Mold, ‘“Injections-while-you-dance”: Press and poster promotion of the polio vaccine to British publics, 1956-1962’, Journal of Cultural and Social History, 2019,

Hannah J. Elizabeth, ‘Getting around the rules of sex education’ Wellcome Collection Website, (June, 2018)

Amy C. Chambers & Hannah J. Elizabeth, ‘It’s Grimm up North: Domestic Obscenity, Assimilation Anxiety, and Medical Salvation in BBC3’s In the Flesh,’ in Ewa Hanna Mazierska (ed.), Heading North: The North of England in Film and Television, (Palgrave, May 2017), chapter 9.