ABOUT US

The Centre is one of the most vibrant groups of historians devoted to  the study of science, technology and medicine in the world, covering a long chronological range, and concerned with global as well as national histories. It is notable for being fully integrated into a history department both organisationally and intellectually.

 

Our aim is to research and teach the histories of science, technology and medicine in ways that change understandings of their history, of history in general, and of the world in which we live today. Our work has engaged directly with policy-makers and politicians, and just as importantly has affected national and international conversations about science, technology and medicine.

For the history of the Centre, please click here

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STAFF

 
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David Brydan
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David Edgerton
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Caitjan Gainty

Lecturer in the History of Modern International Relations

Hans Rausing Professor of the History of Science and Technology and Professor of Modern British History

Lecturer in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

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Philippa Hellawell

Early Career Development Fellow in the History of Early Modern Medicine

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Anna Maerker

Reader in History of Medicine

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Chris Manias

Senior Lecturer in the History of Science & Technology

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Hannah Murphy

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow & Lecturer in Early Modern History

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Kathleen Walker-Meikle

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Renaissance Skin)

VISITING STAFF

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Dr Lisbet Rausing

Senior Research Fellow

Ralph Desmarais

Visiting Researcher

Michael Kershaw

Visiting Researcher

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Prof. Abigail Woods

Visiting Professor

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Prof. Antonio García-Belmar

Visiting Professor

 

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

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Catriona Byers
Erica Fischer
Liam Fitzgerald
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Catherine Harrison
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Shankar Nair
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Scott Hunter
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Edisson Aguilar Torres
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Phoebe McDonnell
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Francisca Villaseca
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Viswanathan Venkataraman

ASSOCIATES

 
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Qiu Zhenwu

Visiting PhD student

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Anton Howes

Visiting Research Fellow

Visiting Research Fellow

RECENT PhDs

 
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Angelica Agredo-Montealegre
Ronwen Chamarette
Elle Larsson
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Felicity McWilliams
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Katya Morgunova
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Thomas Kelsey
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Katherine Ambler
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Edward Young
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Sandip Kana
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Helen Esfandiary
Alison Skipper
 

CHoSTM Alumni

Since 1993 at least 30 PhD students have graduated from the Centre, about half of whom have academic jobs. Some of these are listed below. Other students have progressed to careers in research, in museums, in consultancy. We offer ongoing support to our students even after their graduation by writing references, reading drafts of written work, and helping them to win research funds and perform well at interviews. 

CHOSTM graduates in permanent academic positions include:

  • Sabine Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Modern History, York

  • Rosemary Cresswell, Senior Lecturer in Global History, Hull

  • Larry Ferreiro, professor of systems engineering and science and technology management at the Defense Acquisition University at Fort Belvoir VA

  • Miguel Garcia-Sancho, Chancellors Fellow, Science Technology and Innovation, University of Edinburgh

  • Hermione Giffard, Managing Editor of Technology and Culture, Eindhoven University

  • Rebekah Higgitt, Lecturer in History of Science, Kent

  • Shang-Jen Li, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Department of Social Medicine, National Taiwan University

  • Yogesh Mishra, Assistant Professor, Nepal Engineering College

  • Aparajith Ramnath, Assistant Professor Humanities and Liberal Arts at Ahmedabad University

  • Jessica Reinisch, Professor of Modern History, Birkbeck

  • Waqar Zaidi, Associate Professor History, LUMS, Lahore

Our students have been very successful.  In 2014 alone, Hermione Giffard won the annual George Mosse Prize of the Journal of Contemporary History for her first article; Julie Hipperson won the Roy Porter Prize of the Society for the Social History of Medicine; Ben Taylor won the Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellowship and Esther Harper was awarded the Richard Cox Postgraduate Prize by the British Society for Sporting History. In 2016, Hermione Giffard won the BAC Wadsworth Prize in Business History while, in 2017, Tom Kelsey won the Society for the History of Technology Robinson Prize

More recently, in 2018 Angelica Agredo Montealegre was awarded the Melvin Kranzberg Dissertation Fellowship which is awarded annually by the Society for the History of Technology and in 2019, Helen Esfandiary was the recipient of the IHR Pollard Prize for her paper ‘We could not answer to ourselves not doing it’: Maternal Obligations and Knowledge of Smallpox Inoculation in Eighteenth-Century Elite Society.’