I am a historian of modern medicine, with expertise in the social, cultural, economic and political dimensions of health and disease. My most recent book, Modern Flu (Palgrave 2023), is the first systematic history to trace how influenza was framed as a viral disease and how virological ways of knowing reshaped approaches to controlling the disease through the twentieth century.
My current research interests are with human and animal infections, their interconnection to livestock systems, and the role of global health organisations in addressing the health, environmental and climate impacts of the ‘livestock revolution’.
As co-director of the Medical Humanities Research Centre in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities I organise workshops, seminars and conferences on core research themes, including resilience in healthcare and health, disease, and the natural world.
In January 2024, I will be an investigator on a six-year Wellcome Trust-funded project on ‘Epistemic Injustice in Healthcare’ (EPIC). This is a partnership between philosophers, psychologists, social scientists and historians to study how disparities in healthcare knowledge affect health experiences, wellbeing and outcomes of patients and communities.