Lecturer in 19th and 20th-century North American History, University of Liverpool

I am completing a monograph - 'Dark Medicine: racism, power and the culture of American slavery' - examining human experimentation in the Deep South before the Civil War. The book will reveal the deep-rooted racist nature of medical education, research and practice under slavery, the career opportunities that so-called 'negro medicine' brought, and the enormous scale and intensity of the medical profession's exploitation of enslaved subjects.

In April 2015, I was part of team coordinating 'Life and Limb: the toll of the American Civil War', a U.S. National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition that examined the experience of disability in the Civil War era. This marvelous anti-war, anti-racist exhibit was hosted in the home of a former Confederate sympathizing Southern businessman, Charles Prioleau.

Experience

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    Lecturer in 19th and 20th-century North American History, University of Liverpool