Katherine Foxhall grew up in Devon, England, where she benefitted from a state comprehensive education, and a wonderful History teacher. She studied BA History at the University of Warwick, then specialised in the History of Medicine for her PhD. She has held research and lecturing posts at the University of Manchester, King’s College London, and the University of Leicester.
An expert in social and medical history, Katherine has written and spoken widely about the maritime experiences of Victorian convicts and emigrants; the histories of vaccination; medical experimentation; quarantine and medical borders; and migraine.
In 2016 she 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 permanently by the Wellcome Library.
Katherine currently works part-time as Research and Communications Officer for the Royal Historical Society, specialising in developing policy around GDPR, open access publishing and equality within the history profession.
Katherine has appeared as an expert historian for TV and radio in the UK and internationally, and regularly writes for publications including History Today and Neurology Times.
Katherine is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and regularly reviews for academic journals and funders. From 2010-2016 she was a committee member of the Society for the Social History of Medicine.