Dr. Agnes

Arnold-Forster

Bio

I am a writer; researcher; and historian. My research explores Europe and North America and spans from the eighteenth century to the present day. I am a social and cultural historian, with specific expertise in the history of medicine, work, and the emotions. I have written, researched, and presented for a range of audiences on everything from cancer in Victorian England, to the ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic, to the wellbeing of surgeons in twenty-first-century America.

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Education

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. 

Employment

Since finishing my PhD, I have worked as a research and engagement fellow on the Wellcome Trust funded project, Surgery & Emotion; in Queen Mary, University of London's Centre for the History of the Emotions; as a research fellow at the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol; and at McGill University. I now work in the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.