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New IAS Director - Professor Hilary Marland

Hilary Marland

The next Director of the Institute of Advanced Study has been announced as Professor Hilary Marland.

Hilary is Professor of History at Warwick and was Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine from its establishment in 1999 to 2008. She has served as the Principal Investigator on two successive Wellcome Trust Strategic Awards for the History of Medicine (2003, 2008), as well as several project grants.

Hilary served as former editor of Social History of Medicine and has published on medical practice in the nineteenth century, including a monograph study, Medicine and Society in Wakefield and Huddersfield, 1780-1870 (Cambridge University Press, 1987, 2008). She has also published on women and medicine, maternity care, and alternative medical practices. Her book on puerperal insanity, Dangerous Motherhood: Insanity and Childbirth in Victorian Britain was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2004. She is editor of six volumes, including The Art of Midwifery: Early Modern Midwives in Europe (1993, 1994) and The Task of Healing: Medicine, Religion and Gender in England and the Netherlands 1450-1800 (1996) (with Margaret Pelling).

Hilary is currently working on health and girlhood in Britain 1874-1920s, curing with water in the nineteenth century, and Irish migration and mental illness from the Great Famine to Irish Independence.

Hilary is looking forward to building on the tremendous success of the IAS’s inaugural Director, and to the opportunity of working with colleagues across the University and learning more about their research.

She will be launching new IAS programmes over the coming months, and would welcome suggestions for future initiatives.

Hilary will be taking up her new role on 1 August 2009.