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Imperial College London
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history of psychiatry, medical technologies, history of medicine, histories of air and environment, Victorian history
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About Me

I am a historian of science, technology, and medicine, primarily working on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I am currently a Teaching Fellow in Medical Humanities at Imperial College London, and was previously Lecturer in Cultural and Intellectual History at Queen Mary University of London. Before that I undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford on the Diseases of Modern Life project.

My research interests include the history of psychiatry (particularly the history of scientific work in the psychiatric institution), the links between health and environment in the 19th century, Victorian cultural history, and relationships between the body and medical technologies.

Recent Publications

Amelia Bonea, Melissa Dickson, Sally Shuttleworth, and Jennifer Wallis, Anxious Times: Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019).

Jennifer Wallis and Sally Frampton, ‘Reading Medicine and Health in Periodicals‘, Media History (Online First Oct. 2018).

Jennifer Wallis, ‘A Home or a Gaol? Scandal, Secrecy, and the St James’s Inebriate Home for Women‘, Social History of Medicine (Online First Apr. 2018).

Jennifer Wallis, ‘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 (UCL Press, 2018), 76-100.

Jennifer Wallis, Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum: Doctors, Patients, and Practices (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Jennifer Wallis, ‘Bloody Technology: The Sphygmograph in Asylum Practice‘, History of Psychiatry, 28 (2017) :297-310

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
5, 8
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Medicine, Technology