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Dr Stephen Kenny PhD FHEA

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


    Personal Statement

    I have published extensively on the histories of race and medicine under American slavery and Jim Crow and am particularly interested in histories of hospitals, anatomy, and human experiments. I am currently working on a monograph - 'Before Tuskegee: racism, power and the culture of medicine under slavery and Jim Crow' - examining human experimentation in the United States before and after the Civil War.

    Below is a link to a recent podcast on the theme of Scientific Racism and Race Science produced by the Philadelphia based Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, in which I discuss the career of surgeon Rudolph Matas, the so-called "father of vascular surgery,” and demonstrate how Matas' life and work must be understood in the context of segregation in the U.S. South and the racialized medicine that was practiced there in the 19th and 20th centuries. I also highlight the ways in which Matas used medical photography to legitimate an ideologically driven racialized research agenda. Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine: Perspectives on "Race Science" and Scientific Racism

    Prizes or Honours

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