Immigrants, Indigenous People, and 'Others': A History of Vaccine Policy and Eugenics Theory in Canada
My research focuses on the history of vaccines in Canada, through an analysis of vaccine research, vaccines trials, vaccination regulations, and public health policy in the nineteeth century. These areas of medical intervention were highly diverse in Canada's history, as federal and provicinal governments applied health policy differently amongst different social groups. Minority populations - often Indigenous people or immigrants to the country - experienced restricted levels of parental control or individual choice in the case of vaccines. Politicians, physicians, and officials were all influenced by the trend towards Eugenic thinking which justified variations in health policy among different groups of people. To cure Canadian society of infectious disease, minority populations were targetted for the testing of new vaccines before they were given to the dominant, white, anglo-canadian populations.
Supervisor: Professor Mark Harrison
This year I founded The Uncomfortable Oxford Project - a public engagement project that aims at increasing public engagement with 'uncomfortable' aspects of Oxford's past. The project runs walking tours, public lectures, and other events that address legacies of imperialism, colonialism, and inequality in the city and the university.