I am interested in military health and physical culture in the twentieth century, particularly during the Second World War. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which modern states have prepared civilian men for military service through bodily regimes. I have also conducted research into the medical and scientific experiments that were carried out on military personnel during the Second World War. My first monograph, Civilians into Soldiers: War, the Body and British Army Recruits, 1939-1945, will be published by Manchester University Press in 2013. I am also in the early stages of planning a subsequent research project on prisoners of war, which will focus on bodily cultures in internment camps and how incarcerated men were treated upon their return home.
I am also currently working on a knowledge exchange project to deliver history of health and medicine material as part of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scottish schools. This project, funded by the University of Strathclyde, brings together the CSHHH Glasgow, Learning Teaching Scotland, the Wellcome Trust Library, Glasgow Museums, the National Library of Scotland and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
Civilians into Soldiers: War, the Body and British Army Recruits, 1939-1945 (Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2013)
‘Preparing and resisting the war body: training in the British Army’, in K. McSorley (ed.), War and the Body (London: Routledge, forthcoming September 2012)
‘“They even gave us oranges on one occasion”: Human experimentation in the British Army during the Second World War’, War and Society 32:1 (forthcoming March 2013)
‘“An officer and a gentleman”: Sexual culture in the British Army, 1939-1945, in L. Noakes and J. Pattinson (eds.), Keep Calm and Carry On: The Cultural Memory of the Second World War in Britain (London: Continuum, currently being prepared for publication in 2013)
I teach on the following undergraduate courses at the University of Strathclyde:
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