Dr Jennifer Wallis
Lecturer in Cultural and Intellectual History
Email: email@example.comTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8425Room Number: ArtsTwo 4.11
I’ve been fascinated by the nineteenth century ever since my undergraduate days at the University of Leeds. My doctoral thesis examined how the body was understood and investigated in the late nineteenth-century asylum in Britain.
After completing my PhD I held a postdoctoral position at the University of Oxford, before taking up my current position as Lecturer.
My primary research interest is the history of psychiatry and medicine in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I am particularly interested in integrating these fields with histories of the body; for example, looking at how patients interacted with medical technologies and the body as site of scientific investigation and experimentation.
'I recently completed my first monograph, Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum, and am beginning work on a second, on the history of resuscitation from the nineteenth century to the present.I also work on film history, particularly British film and the horror/exploitation genres.
- Histories of psychiatry from 1800 to the present
- Interactions between people, medical technologies, and spaces
- Histories of medical ethics, and the body as site of experimentation
- British and American social history from c.1800 to the 1970s
- ‘A Home or a Gaol? Scandal, Secrecy, and the St James’s Inebriate Home for Women’, Social History of Medicine (Online First, Apr. 2018).
- 'A machine in the garden: The compressed air bath and the nineteenth century health resort', in Jon Agar and Jacob Ward (eds), Histories of Technology, the Environment and Modern Britain (London: UCL Press, 2018).
- Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum: Doctors, Patients, and Practices (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
- 'Bloody technology: the sphygmograph in asylum practice (link is external)', History of Psychiatry, 28 (Sept. 2017).
- ‘In the shadow of the asylum: the Stanley Royd Salmonella outbreak of 1984’ (link is external), Medical Humanities, 42 (Mar. 2016).
- ‘Atrophied, Engorged, Debauched: Degenerative Processes and Moral Worth in the General Paralytic Body’, in Thomas Knowles and Serena Trowbridge (eds), Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century (link is external) (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2015).
- ‘The bones of the insane’ (link is external), History of Psychiatry, 24 (Jun. 2013).
- ‘A Dangerous Madness’, in Julian Upton (ed.), Offbeat: British Cinema’s Curiosities, Obscurities and Forgotten Gems (link is external) (London: Headpress, 2012).
- David Bates, Jennifer Wallis and Jane Winters (eds), The Creighton Century, 1907–2007 (link is external) (London: University of London, 2009).