Heather Cowan

Postgraduate Research Student



Heather has a 1st class History BA Hons degree and an MRes (Distinction) in History from the University of Liverpool.  Alongside her research, Heather has also worked as a seminar tutor for the History Department and produced a workshop on the history of medicine.

Heather is a member of the Perceptions of Pregnancy Network, European Reformation Research Group and the North West Early Modern Seminar.

Research Interests

Heather’s research interests explore reproductive politics through the realm of gender, emotion and medicine within early modern England. Her thesis explores the nuances around terminology relating to child loss in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries – as terms such as infanticide, abortion and miscarriage were interchangeable during this period.

Thesis Title

"Bodies of (Dis)Order: Definitions of Abortion in Early Modern England."

Research Funding

John Lennon Memorial Scholarship.