Dr. Agnes



I am a writer and historian of healthcare, medicine, work, and the emotions. My research spans Europe and North America from the eighteenth century to the present day, but my main area of expertise is modern and contemporary British healthcare. I have written, researched, and presented for a range of audiences on everything from cancer in Victorian England, to the 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic, to the wellbeing of surgeons in twenty-first-century America.


I have an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Oxford, an MSc in the history of science, technology, and medicine from Imperial, and a PhD in modern history from King’s College London. My doctoral thesis has since been turned into a book, The Cancer Problem: Malignancy in Nineteenth-Century Britain, which was published by Oxford University Press in January 2021. 


Since finishing my PhD in 2017, I worked as a research and engagement fellow on the Wellcome Trust funded project, Surgery & Emotion. In September 2020, I started a new role as a research fellow at the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol. I am now running my own project called Working and Feeling in the Modern British Hospital, based at McGill University.