I am an (award winning!) academic historian of early modern medicine and social history, AHRC/BBC ‘New Generation Thinker’, and research fellow at the University of Exeter. I’ve just embarked on a major new project ‘Do Beards Matter? Facial Hair, Health and Hygiene, 1700-1918’, funded by a fellowship from the Wellcome Trust.
My previous research explored the history of medicine in early modern Wales, and I was an associate research fellow on another Wellcome-funded project ‘The Medical World of England, Ireland and Wales, 1550-1715’, also at Exeter. I’ve been a lecturer in history at Swansea University, where I taught a variety of courses on early modern Britain. Current research interests include medical technologies of the 18th century, and especially razors and shaving and their link to constructions of masculinity and politeness.
My second book ‘Technology, Self-Fashioning and Politeness in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Refined Bodies’, was published in December 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Recently, and rather sadly, I’ve discovered that material from this blog has found its way into the pages of certain, national publications, without being credited. Apart from being discourteous it is also a potential breach of my copyright. Therefore:
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p.s. Some people seem to have trouble contacting me so here is my Exeter University email address: A.Withey@exeter.ac.uk