Jennifer became a Teaching Fellow in Medical Humanities at Imperial College London in 2018, following a fixed-term lectureship in Cultural and Intellectual History at Queen Mary University of London (2016-18).
Prior to these appointments, she worked on the 'Diseases of Modern Life' project as a Research Assistant, where she conducted research in two of the project's key areas: 'Addiction' and 'Climate and Health'. Jennifer's research explored concepts of alcoholism and addiction in the nineteenth-century, particularly in relation to women drinkers; relationships between individuals and 'air technologies' such as the compressed-air bath and respirator; and the role of the press in disseminating medical and scientific ideas.
Jonathan Sadowsky , Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a Medical Controversy. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017. Pp. 172. ISBN 978-1-138-69696-9. £110.00 (hardcover).
The British Journal for the History of Science
Bloody technology: the sphygmograph in asylum practice.
History of psychiatry
The sphygmograph, an instrument to measure and visually chart the pulse, was used by a number of asylum researchers in the late nineteenth century in an attempt to better understand mental disease. In charting the use of such a medical technology in the asylum, this article explores the utility of a practice-oriented approach in the history of psychiatry - as a window onto the alienist profession and as a means of investigating how new medical technologies were assimilated into everyday practice.