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Summary: Medical care in and after the First World War; History of Sexuality; Gender History; Imperial History; 20th Century Australia
Location: Leeds Humanities Research Institute
I joined the University of Leeds in September 2016 as a Research Fellow. I am particularly interested in the history of medicine in war and am developing interests in empire, migration and intimacy after the First World War. My PhD was awarded by the University of Adelaide in 2017 with a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. My thesis examined the work of the Australian Army Medical Corps and the provision of medical care to Australian soldiers in the First World War.
My primary interest is in the history of medicine in war and the structures that improve and impede access to care. More specifically I am interested in the rehabilitation of sick and wounded soldiers and attempts to curtail the spread of venereal disease in war. I have published on the medical arrangements for Australian soldiers at Gallipoli and am currently preparing for publication work on the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital (Harefield Park), and the Australian Armys response to venereal disease in the First World War. This research was funded, in part, by a grant from the Australian Army History Units Research Grants Scheme. I am also particularly interested in twentieth-century Australian history (especially the politics of the body), masculinity, sexuality, and empire.
Current Research Project
I am currently working on the ERC-funded Men, Women and Care project, which is led by Dr Jessica Meyer. This project examines the provision of medical and social care to disabled British ex-servicemen after the First World War using the Ministry of Pension files (PIN 26) at the National Archives. My research focuses on the Overseas subsection of those files in order to assess the effects of distance on the provision of care to those ex-servicemen dislocated from family and/or from Britain after the First World War. I am using both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore personal and institutional responses to that dislocation, as well as to assess the impact of formal and informal imperial connections, and issues of race, class, and gender.