I am a senior lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire. My research focuses on gender, the body and medicine in early modern England. In particular I am interested in issues to do with the health, sex and reproduction. More broadly my research touches upon ideas of marriage, the family and medical practitioners.
I am the founding editor of www.earlymodernmedicine.com where I blog about early modern medicine, bodies and gender.
My doctoral thesis, completed at the University of Exeter in 2011, supervised by Dr Sarah Toulalan and Professor Alex Walsham, examined infertility and the understanding of aphrodisiacs in the early modern period. A monograph based on this work was published in October 2014 as part of the Royal Historical Society’s studies in history series.
I am now working on a research project (initially supported by a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Society for Renaissance Studies and later supported by a SSAHRI research grant) ,which looks at men’s sexual health in early modern England.