Foxhall picI am a historian of health and medicine, migration, British colonialism, convict transportation and the sea.

At the moment I’m working on a thousand year history of migraine, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019. For more on the migraine project see the project research blog.

I grew up in Devon, England where I had a state comprehensive education (and a great History teacher). I studied History at the University of Warwick, before going on to study the History of Medicine at Masters and PhD level. Since then I have worked at the University of Manchester, King’s College London, and the University of Leicester.

My first book, Health, Medicine and the Sea (2012) was about the health and experiences of ordinary people – convicts and emigrants – who sailed to Australia in the nineteenth century. In 2016 it won the first Harold Langley Book Prize.

I regularly blog, and contribute to The Conversation, The Recipes Project, Wellcome Library blog and Remedia. My work was featured in AL Kennedy’s documentary on migraine,  and I have appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Questions, Questions’, and in BBC History magazine’s podcast series.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and regularly review for academic journals and funders. From 2010-2016 I edited the quarterly Gazette for the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

I am a keen swimmer and live in the Vale of the White Horse with my husband and two children.

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