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Research interests

I am a social historian of modern American medicine, public health and disability. My research on the history of polio examined race relations, reactions to the vaccine, and medical experimentation on children. My subsequent research on the history of Jamaica Ginger paralysis in 1930s America, considers the health consequences of patent medicines, food and drug regulation, and how consumers sought recourse and recognition for their condition. My next research project on historical debates surrounding Aerotoxic Syndrome speak to themes of occupational illness, clinical research, and disability activism.


Selected Book Chapters

Selected Articles


I teach on the following units:

I have contributed to the following units:

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

Research Supervision

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 intoxicants and toxicology
  • history of disability

Research Culture


I have served in the following roles:

  • Graduate Dean & Graduate Education Director (GED), Faculty of Arts (Interim 2022)
  • Postgraduate Taught Officer (PGTO), School of Humanities (2019-2023)
  • UG History External Examiner, Cardiff University (2019-2023)

Student Consultation

External positions

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
  • Aerotoxic


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