A few months ago, I was asked by ITV Victoria’s script writers to provide some historical context to several episodes they were developing. The second of these aired on Sunday evening. Using this episode as my starting point, I wrote another piece for Guardian Science on some of the underlying sexism that shaped women’s access to healthcare in the nineteenth … More Nineteenth-century sexism helped syphilis to spread
A few months ago, I was asked by ITV Victoria’s script writers to provide some historical context to several episodes they were developing. The first of these aired on Sunday evening. Using this episode as my starting point, I wrote a piece for Guardian Science on some of the prejudices and inequalities that confounded Victorian attempts to tackle the … More Should Victorian VD worry modern audiences?
In the first of these two posts, I discussed the initial phases of publication: writing the book proposal and submitting the final draft. Now, I want to talk about the book’s production. My book went into production at the same time that Palgrave was being restructured. It no longer uses an in-house production team, instead outsourcing … More Publishing your PhD (or, the secret to a stressful life): Part II
In January, the monograph of my PhD was published. The process was neither short nor smooth, but it was a great learning curve. Now that the book is on the shelves, I can reflect on the experience with a certain equanimity. The finished product looks great (we’ll overlook a few minor typos and the suppurating syphilitic sores on the front … More Publishing your PhD (or, the secret to a stressful life): Part I
A few weeks ago, I recorded an interview with The Oxford Human Rights Hub, a forum for international academics, practitioners and policymakers to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality. That interview is now available as a podcast via SoundCloud and iTunes. We chatted about Britain’s nineteenth-century Contagious Diseases Acts—pieces of legislation that allowed … More Health Inequalities and the Contagious Diseases Acts
It’s been quite some time since I posted anything here, and a lot has happened in the interim. I’ve started an exciting new project and my book has been published with Palgrave. But I thought I’d relaunch this blog with a piece about the AHRC’s ‘Engaging with Government’ workshop, which I attended the other week. It’s … More Engaging with Government
It has been just over a year since I submitted my PhD, and it has certainly been eventful. Arriving at the end of my three years in Cambridge without the prospect of academic employment, my immediate response was to hyperventilate. Having hyperventilated, I then wallowed in self-imposed misery for awhile before embarking on the almost-full-time occupation of job applications. … More Down the rabbit hole