I am a Research Fellow for the Wellcome Trust Investigator Award ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’ at the Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick.
My AHRC-funded doctoral thesis examined the influence of the First World War upon the performance, experience and social and cultural understandings intimate partner violence in Britain in the interwar period. I then focussed on teaching foundation and specialist modules, leading me to join AMD’s editorial board.
At Warwick I am currently researching the ways in which British medical, penal and judicial institutions understood, articulated and managed the problem of suicide in the decades following the 1898 Prison Act.
This work analyses the tension between prison medical officers’ duty of care to inmates and the prison regime’s punitive-deterrent ideology, with a particular focus on incarceration as a cause of mental illness though severe discipline, loss of liberty, social isolation and the rule of silence. I examine the political challenges that hindered the capacity of medical officers to research or recognise the role of the prison system in inmates’ suicidal motivations, and the consequent influence on the difficulties of treatment. I also explore the organisation of both remand and admissions procedures as a factor in suicidal motivation.
2020-2021: Research Fellow for the Wellcome Trust Investigator Award ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’
2020: Teaching Fellow in History, University of Warwick
2019-present: Member of Editorial Board, Adam Matthews Digital
2019: Research Assistant for ‘Articulating Female Consent’ project, Law Dept, University of Warwick
2017-2019: Seminar Tutor in History, University of Warwick
2012-2017: PhD, Modern History, University of Birmingham/University of Warwick
2010-2011: MA, Contemporary History, University of Birmingham
2007-2010: BA (Hons), History and English Literature, University of Birmingham