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Dr Stephen Kenny PhD FHEA

Senior Lecturer, 19th and 20th century North American History History

    About

    Personal Statement

    Completing a monograph - 'Before Tuskegee: racism, power and the culture of medicine under slavery and Jim Crow' - examining human experimentation in the Deep South before and after the Civil War. The book will explore and reveal: (i) historiographical myths of medical practice in the slave South; (ii) the deep-rooted racist nature of medical education, research and practice under slavery and Jim Crow; (iii) the career opportunities and financial rewards that so-called 'negro medicine' brought; (iv) the enormous scale and intensity of the medical profession's exploitation of enslaved subjects, which only increased after slavery; (v) and the black patient experiences in the face of these pressures.

    Particularly interested in histories of human experiments under American slavery.https://theconversation.com/statues-of-medical-racist-who-experimented-on-slaves-should-also-be-taken-down-82704

    Collaborative New Orleans public radio program broadcast (Tripod: New Orleans at 300) on Touro Infirmary's First Admission Book and role as a slave hospital: http://www.wwno.org/post/if-these-pages-could-talk-touro-infirmarys-first-admission-book

    The Conversation reports linked above and below highlight many of the core themes and issues explored in the larger project:https://theconversation.com/how-black-slaves-were-routinely-sold-as-specimens-to-ambitious-white-doctors-43074

    For inspiration watch this TED Talk by a selfless human being who should be President of the U.S. (Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative):

    [https://ed.ted.com/lessons/we-need-to-talk-about-an-injustice-bryan-stevenson]

    Prizes or Honours

    • Stanley Jackson Award (Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2012)

    Funded Fellowships

    • Reynolds Associates Research Fellowship in the History of the Health Sciences (The Historical Collections Unit of the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham , 2013)
    • Franklin International Scholars Programme Fellow (Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia, 2012)
    • Watson-Brown Foundation Short Term Visiting Fellowship (Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina, 2009)

    Other Personal Distinctions

    • Dark Medicine and the genesis of Life and Limb (Life and Limb: the First Encounter, Liverpool University, 2015)
    • 'Slave health, negro physicians, and infirmaries for the enslaved in the antebellum South' (British American Nineteenth-Century Historians , 2008)
    • Visiting Research Fellow (Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina, 1999)
    • Visiting Research Fellow (Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina, 1996)