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School of History

Dr Edmund Ramsden


Wellcome Trust University Award Lecturer

Room Number: ArtsTwo 2.33


I joined Queen Mary in 2013. I am a historian of science and medicine with expertise in the history of the social, behavioural and biological sciences in the twentieth century United States. I completed my PhD at the European University Institute. Prior to joining Queen Mary, I held posts at the universities of Manchester, Exeter and London School of Economics.


Research Interests:

My current research, supported by the Wellcome Trust, is focused on the involvement of social and behavioural scientists in architecture, planning and design in the post-war United States, so as to improve mental health and social wellbeing, particularly in relation to institutional environments and public housing.

Other key areas of research include the history of experimental psychiatry and psychology in relation to neuroses, emotional disorders, addiction and suicide; the history of eugenics, population science and policy; social survey methods in relation to health, growth and intelligence; the role of animals in science and medicine.


Selected publications


I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • History of psychiatry in 19th and 20th century North America
  • History of the social and behavioural sciences
  • Animals in history, science and medicine
  • Population studies, eugenics and birth control politics
  • Urban history and architecture, planning and design from the late 19th century

Current PHD Students

  • Jennifer Adlem – The anxious animal: The development and re-purposing of separation anxiety in the twentieth century
  • Connor Clayton – An analysis of the role of emotion in political and social mobilisation, through a case study of People’s Temple 1955-78.