Dr Stephen E Mawdsley

PhD (Cantab.), MA (Alta.), BA Hons (Alta.)

  • BS8 1TB

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Personal profile

Research interests

I am a social historian of twentieth-century American medicine and public health. I am interested in the history of polio and immunization programs undertaken in the United States to control disease. I am also interested in the history of patent medicines, disability, and health activism, which is an intersection explored in my next book, entitled The Jake Walk Blues.


Selected Articles/Chapters

Administrative Roles

  • Graduate Education Director (GED), Faculty of Arts


I coordinate/lead the following units:

I contribute to the following units:

I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Research Supervision

My current PhD students include:

  • Jennifer Allison - 20th century military tattoos
  • Tori Dewey-Whitcroft - 19th century American biography
  • Jenny Hutton - 20th century disability and American medical practice 

I am available to supervise students, who wish to work on any subject within my research field and I particularly welcome proposals in the following areas:

  • history of the United States since 1865
  • history of race and ethnicity in America
  • history of public health, medicine, and disease
  • history of disability

Research Culture

  • I convene the American History Graduate Workshop where we discuss draft chapters and the latest historical scholarship.
  • I co-chair Faculty of Arts American Studies Research Group.

Student Consultation

If you would like to meet with me, please book onto my consultation hours.

My office is located at G.4, 26/27 St. Michael's Park.

External positions

External Examiner, Cardiff University


Editorial Board Secretary, Society for the Social History of Medicine



  • history of vaccination
  • American history
  • African American history
  • history of alcohol
  • disability
  • polio
  • addiction
  • U.S. history
  • immunization


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