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Dr Rachel Bennett


Research Interests:

My research interests include the intersections between medicine, health care and the criminal justice system and the pre and post-mortem treatment of the criminal body. I am currently employed as a Research Fellow on the Wellcome Trust funded project, ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’. The project examines the provisions made for medical care and services and notions of the entitlement of prisoners to health in both England and Ireland. My strand of the project examines female prisons and questions the specific medical care provisions made for women. A key part of my research explores maternity care and childbirth in the prison.

Academic Profile:

2016-2019 – Research Fellow as part of the Wellcome Trust funded project, Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000.
January-June 2016 – Seminar Tutor at the University of Leicester.
2012-2015 – PhD in History at the University of Leicester.
2011-2012 – Masters of Research in History (Distinction) Northumbria University.
2008-2011 – BA Honours Degree in History (First Class) Northumbria University.


Rachel Bennett, Capital Punishment and the Criminal Corpse in Scotland, 1740 to 1834 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, Forthcoming 2017).
Rachel Bennett, ‘An Awful and Impressive Spectacle: Crime Scene Executions in Scotland, 1801-1841’, Crime, History & Societies, Forthcoming 2017.
Rachel Bennett, ‘A Candidate for Immortality: Martyrdom, Memory and the Marquis of Montrose’, in Shane McCorristine (Ed.), When is Death? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and its Timings (Basingstoke: Palgrave, Forthcoming 2017).