Welcome

KFoxhall headshot 2 bw smallI am a social and cultural historian. I specialise in the history of health and medicine, British colonialism and global migration.

My next book reveals a thousand year history of migraine. This will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019 in paperback and open access. For full details, advance reviews and to pre-order, click here. For more on the migraine project as a whole see the research blog.

My first book, Health, Medicine and the Sea (Manchester, 2012) was about the health and experiences of ordinary people – convicts and emigrants – who sailed to Australia in the nineteenth century. In 2016 it won the first Harold Langley Book Prize for Excellence in Maritime History.

I grew up in Devon, England where I had a state comprehensive education (and a wonderful History teacher). I studied History at the University of Warwick, before going on to study the History of Medicine at Masters and PhD level. Since then I have held research and lecturing posts at the University of Manchester, King’s College London, and the University of Leicester.

In addition to my books, I have written for academic and non-academic audiences on a whole range of topics including scurvy, quarantine, trepanning and smallpox . I regularly blog, and have contributed to The Conversation, The Recipes Project, Wellcome Library blog and Remedia. My work on migraine was featured in AL Kennedy’s documentary on migraine for BBC Radio 4,  I have talked about ‘small beer’ for BBC Radio 4’s ‘Questions, Questions’, and featured in BBC History magazine’s podcast series. In 2016 I worked with a national migraine charity to digitise and develop a website for a collection of 600 artworks. As a result of this project, the Migraine Action Art Collection has now been acquired by the Wellcome Library.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and regularly review for academic journals and funders. From 2010-2016 I was a committee member and edited the quarterly Gazette for the members of the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

If you would like to talk to me about my research, discuss a speaking engagement or enquire about undertaking historical consultancy work, please get in touch using the Contact page.

Please note that I am usually unable to take on unpaid work – though I can make exceptions!