Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Royal Historical Society
Website URL
migraine, scurvy, history of medicine, colonial Australia, convict transportation
Additional Contact Information
I currently work freelance and am usually unable to take on unpaid work requests.

Personal Info

About Me

I am a social and cultural historian. I specialise in the history of health and medicine, British colonialism and global migration.

My most recent book is Migraine: A History (Johns Hopkins, 2019) For full details, click here.

My first book, Health, Medicine and the Sea (Manchester, 2012) was about the convicts and emigrants who sailed to Australia in the nineteenth century. In 2016 it won the first Harold Langley Book Prize for Excellence in Maritime History.

I hold a PhD from the University of Warwick, UK. I have held research and lecturing posts at the University of Manchester, King’s College London, and the University of Leicester.

Recent Publications

Katherine Foxhall (2019) Migraine: A History. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Katherine Foxhall (2012) Health, Medicine and the Sea: Australian Voyages, c. 1815-1860. Manchester University Press.

K. Foxhall (2017) White Men in Quarantine: Disease, Race, Commerce and Mobility in the Pacific, 1872. Australian Historical Studies 48 (2). Open Access. DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2017.1293704

Foxhall K (2014) Making Modern Migraine Medieval: Men of Science, Hildegard of Bingen and the Life of a Retrospective Diagnosis. Medical History: devoted to the history and bibliography of medicine and the related sciences, 58 (3), pp. 354-374. Available: Open Access Online.

Foxhall K (2011) Fever, Immigration and Quarantine in New South Wales, 1837-1840. Social History of Medicine, 24 (3), pp. 624-642 Available: Open Access Online.

Foxhall K (2011) From Convicts to Colonists: The Health of Prisoners and the Voyage to Australia, 1823–53. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 39 (1), pp. 1-19. Available: Open Access Online.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Australia, Atlantic, British Isles, England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Medicine, Migration & Immigration, Military