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Samantha Vanderslott

Associate Professor, University of Oxford

I am a health sociologist and Associate Professor leading the Vaccines and Society Unit hosted by the Oxford Vaccine Group at the University of Oxford. I research health, society, and policy topics and am working on projects about attitudes to vaccination, the history of typhoid fever, neglected tropical disease advocacy, and public health responses during outbreaks. I draw on perspectives from sociology, global public health, history, and science and technology studies (STS) and have experience working in government as a Senior Policy Advisor at the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. My PhD at UCL (University College London) was on the policy and history of neglected tropical diseases as a category, where I conducted fieldwork in Brazil and China, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Brocher Foundation in Geneva.


  • 2020–present
    University Research Lecturer, University of Oxford
  • 2016–2020
    Social Sciences Researcher, University of Oxford
  • 2012–2016
    PhD Candidate, UCL


  • 2017 
    UCL, PhD