Projects per year
I am a social historian of twentieth-century American medicine and public health. I am interested in the history of poliomyelitis and immunization programs undertaken in the United States to control disease. I am also Principal Investigator on a Wellcome Trust funded research project, entitled The Jake Walk Blues, which focuses on the history of alcohol, disability, and stigma during America's Great Depression.
- "Borders and Blood Fractions: Gamma Globulin and Canada's Fight Against Polio, 1950-1955," Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (2019)
- "The Gamma Globulin for Polio Clinical Trials: Victims of Marketing Success," Canadian Medical Association Journal (2017)
- Selling Science: Polio and the Promise of Gamma Globulin (Rutgers University Press, 2016)
- "'Salk Hops': Teen Health Activism and the Fight Against Polio, 1955–1960," Cultural and Social History (2016)
- "Polio Provocation: Solving a Mystery with the Help of History," The Lancet (2014)
- "Balancing Risks: Childhood Inoculations and America's Response to the Provocation of Paralytic Polio," Social History of Medicine (2013)
- "A Canadian Proving Ground for American Medical Research on Mustard Gas and Polio in the 1940s and 1950s," Locating Health (2011)
- ""Dancing on Eggs": Charles H. Bynum, Racial Politics, and the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1938-1954," Bulletin of the History of Medicine (2010)
- Postgraduate Taught Officer (PGTO), School of Humanities
- Editorial Board Secretary, Social History of Medicine
I coordinate/lead the following units:
- Race in America (MA)
- Race and Health in America (BA)
- Progress or Peril? The History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (BA)
I contribute to the following units:
- Race (BA)
- Rethinking History (BA)
- The American Century (BA)
- History of the Present (BA)
- Approaches to History (MA)
I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA)
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
Please feel free to get in touch with me if you would like to discuss your research ideas.
My current PhD students include:
- Jennifer Allison
- Elliott Maddison
- Tori Dewey-Whitcroft
If you would like to meet with me, please book onto my consultation hours.
My office is located at G.04, 26/27 St. Michael's Park.
Mawdsley, S., 1 Aug 2016, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. 232 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Authored book
Mawdsley, S., 18 Oct 2019, In: Canadian Bulletin of Medical History. 36, 2, p. 444-468
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)34 Downloads (Pure)
Mawdsley, S., 2 Apr 2016, In: Cultural and Social History. 13, 2, p. 249-265 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile156 Downloads (Pure)
Stephen E Mawdsley (Participant)7 Jun 2018
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Invited talk