I am a Research Associate for the Oxford Martin School's (OMS) Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease and a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College. Based at Oxford’s Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, my research addresses the global history of antibiotic use, resistance, and regulation and the implications of history for current antibiotic governance. Submitted in 2015, my dissertation Pyrrhic Progress – Antibiotics in Western Food Production (1949-2015) (under contract with Rutgers University Press) studied the history of agricultural antibiotic use in the US and UK and was awarded the 2016 Dev Family Prize for the best thesis in the history of medicine at the University of Oxford. Since 2015, I have also worked as a co-curator for the Museum of the History of Science’s (MHS) special exhibition Back from the Dead – Demystifying Antibiotics (Nov 2016 – May 2017), which explored the history and current challenges of antibiotic development and bacterial resistance (AMR). For our collaboration on Back from the Dead, the OMS and MHS were jointly awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Projects Award in 2017.
History of antibiotic use, resistance, and regulation
Public health and epidemiology
Bacteriophage and phage-typing
My research interests include environmental history, history of medicine, science and technology studies, and public health policy. In addition to my current research on the history of antibiotic development and policy, I have grown interested in the technologies underpinning modern understandings of bacterial resistance, our microbial surroundings, and our own microbiome. I am particularly interested in the role that a group of viruses called bacteriophages and a technology called phage-typing played in changing 20th century epidemiology, infection control, and bacterial taxonomy.
I am a tutor for Oxford’s General History XIV Paper on 20th century Global History and teach the Further Subject 22 Authority of Nature on the history of eugenics, heredity and crime since 1800.