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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.
- Selling Science: Polio and the Promise of Gamma Globulin (Rutgers University Press, 2016).
- "The Politics of Polio Vaccination in Postwar America, 1950–60: Detractors and Defenders," in Martin Halliwell and Sophie A. Jones eds., The Edinburgh Companion to the Politics of American Health (2022).
- "Burden of Proof: The Debate Surrounding Aerotoxic Syndrome," Journal of Contemporary History (2022).
- "Borders and Blood Fractions: Gamma Globulin and Canada's Fight Against Polio, 1950-1955," Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (2019).
- "'Salk Hops': Teen Health Activism and the Fight Against Polio, 1955–1960," Cultural and Social History (2016).
- "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," with Susan L. Smith in Erika Dyck and Christopher Fletcher eds., Locating Health: Historical and Anthropological Investigations of Place and Health (Pickering & Chatto Publishers, 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
I coordinate/lead the following units:
- Race in America (MA)
- Race and Health in America (BA)
- Disease, Deviance and Disability in Modern Medicine (BA)
I contribute to the following units:
I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA)
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
- 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.
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 Examiner, Cardiff University
2019 → 2022
Editorial Board Secretary, Society for the Social History of Medicine
2019 → 2022
- history of vaccination
- American history
- African American history
- history of alcohol
- U.S. history
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- 1 Finished
1/05/16 → 28/02/22
Mawdsley, S., 1 Aug 2016, New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. 232 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Authored book
Mawdsley, S. E., 28 Jan 2022, In: Journal of Contemporary History. 57, 4, p. 959-974 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Special issue (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile102 Downloads (Pure)
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)115 Downloads (Pure)
Stephen E Mawdsley (Participant)7 Jun 2018
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Invited talk