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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

  • Postgraduate Taught Officer (PGTO), School of Humanities


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

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
  • Aerotoxic


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