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Henry-James Meiring

Sessional Academic, The University of Queensland

I am a Historian of Science and Clinical Psychologist. My scholarship is situated at the vanguard of the material and global turn in historical studies, focusing on this transformative intersection between science and print culture, exploring how reading practices and the materiality of texts themselves came to shape readers’ understanding of what it meant to be human. Other research interests include psychoanalysis, evolutionary science, and the psychology of religion. My recent article "Thomas Robert Malthus, Naturalist of the Mind" was awarded the Annals of Science Best Paper Prize for 2019.


  • 2023–present
    Research fellow, Linda Hall Library
  • 2019–2023
    PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland


  • 2023 
    The University of Queensland, PhD. History
  • 2018 
    University of Oxford, MSc. History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
  • 2010 
    Rhodes University, MA. Clinical Psychology
  • 2008 
    North-West University, BA. Hons. Psychology
  • 2007 
    University of Johannesburg, BA. Psychology


  • 2022
    Darwin of the Mind: Freud's Darwinian Image, in Imagining the Darwinian Revolution: Historical Narratives of Evolution from the Nineteenth Century to the Present, edited by Ian Hesketh, 171-187. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • 2021
    Scientific Patronage in the Age of Darwin: The Curious Case of William Boyd Dawkins, Studies in History of Science and Philosophy
  • 2020
    Thomas Robert Malthus, naturalist of the mind, Annals of Science