Postgraduate Officer

Current Ambassadors

Jemma Houghton
Jemma HoughtonCHSTM, University of Manchester
Jemma Houghton is a PhD student at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. She is the Postgraduate Officer on the BSHS Council and her role is to represent the needs of the postgraduate community within the BSHS
Lea Beiermann
Lea BeiermannMaastricht University
Lea Beiermann is a PhD candidate at Maastricht University and a member of the MUSTS (Maastricht University Science, Technology & Society Studies) research group. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism and a Research MSc in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology. Lea’s PhD project explores the history of microscopy in the second half of the nineteenth century. She looks at how circulating microscopy artefacts spurred the formation of an international microscopy community. As part of her PhD research, Lea runs a crowdsourcing project (Worlds of Wonder) that invites citizen scientists to trace reproductions of nineteenth-century microscopy illustrations.
L. Joanne Green
L. Joanne GreenUniversity of Cambridge
Joanne is a PhD student in the HPS department at Cambridge. Her research looks at natural history in Britain during the long 19th century, and specifically the connections between gender, class, and empire within the British entomological community. She obtained her MA at Tel Aviv University, where she began her research into the British entomological community by focusing on the life of Margaret Fountaine, a travelling lepidopterist. By looking closely at the life of one woman of science she reconstructed her scientific networks, practices, and her interactions with local people and knowledge throughout her travels. In her PhD Joanne continues to investigate hierarchies within the entomological community, reactions to local people and knowledge, and emotions surrounding the killing and collection of insects.
Déborah Dubald
Déborah DubaldEuropean University Institute
Déborah Dubald is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute, under the supervision of Prof. Stéphane Van Damme (EUI, Florence) and Prof. Antonella Romano (Centre Alexandre Koyré, EHESS, Paris). In her dissertation, she looks at the creation of municipal natural history museums in three French cities, Lyon, Nantes and Toulouse, from 1800 to 1870. More specifically, she questions the municipalisation of scientific displays of natural knowledge and how they partake in a strategy of visibility and identification for the local municipal and scholarly elites. Thereby, she also questions long-standing views over spatial hierarchies such as core/periphery and Paris/province.

Prior to that she was trained in History at the University of Strasbourg under the lead of Prof. Jean-François Chauvard and Prof. Isabelle Laboulais.

She is the co-founder of the History of Science working group ( – Twitter @eui_hos) at the European University Institute, which hosted the 2017 postgraduate BSHS conference.

Thomas Erslev
Thomas ErslevAarhus University
Thomas Erslev is pursuing a doctoral degree at Aarhus University. His project, “The Brain as Object – An Intellectual History of the Scientific, Cultural and Ethical Meanings of the changing Ontological Status of the Brain”, studies the neurosciences in Denmark in the last half of the twentieth century through the case of a Danish brain collection. The collection finds itself at the intersection of science, policy, ethics, public opinion and economy and functions as a prism for a broader structural analysis of the role(s) of the brain in many spheres in the period. Thomas holds a BA in intellectual history from Aarhus University and an MSc in HSTM from the University of Manchester.
Kristin Hay
Kristin HayUniversity of Strathclyde
Kristin is a PhD student at the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare and the Scottish Oral History Centre at the University of Strathclyde. She obtained her MSc in Health History at the University of Strathclyde where she explored the role of feminist activism in pro-choice abortion campaigning in Scotland, c. 1970-1990. Her thesis focuses on birth control practices in Scotland following the emergence of the contraceptive pill and legal abortion, c. 1970-2000. She will use oral history alongside archival research to examine how this “contraceptive revolution” impacted the lives of men and women in both urban and rural Scotland, and explore their role in changing gender dynamics during this time. Kristin is the recipient of the Neil Rafeek Oral History Prize (2017) and the Women’s History Scotland Runner-up Prize (2018)”
James Inglis
James InglisUniversity of St Andrews & National Museums Scotland
My research on Typewriters and Commerce in Scotland (1870s-1920s) utilises the extensive typewriter collections held by National Museums Scotland and Glasgow Museum Resource Centre; and is supported by Scottish archival sources relating to the marketing, retail and use of writing machines during the first fifty years of commercialisation.

I graduated from the University of Westminster with a BA in Modern History in 2015, followed by an MA in Public History in 2016. During my undergraduate and masters research I maintained a keen interest in the public history of science and technology, working on various projects at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

Since starting my PhD in September 2017, I have presented at numerous science and technology events, including the BSHS Postgraduate Conference in April 2018.

Rebecka Klette
Rebecka KletteBirkbeck, University of London
Rebecka Klette has recently completed an MA in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, and is currently finalising her phd research proposal to be submitted to Birkbeck in 2016, concerning the reception and incorporation of degeneration theory into Scandinavian racial biology, literature, cultural debate, and satire, 1870-1922.
Alexander Longworth-Dunbar
Alexander Longworth-DunbarCHSTM, University of Manchester
Alexander is a PhD student in the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester following the completion of his MSc at the department in 2018. His thesis project is a cultural history of the Internet in the United Kingdom from the 1980s through to the present, with a special emphasis on the interplay between popular representation and regulation. He is also an editor of Manchester-based student science magazine Planet Bee, and is currently developing a history of technology podcast with support from the BSHS.
Catarina Madruga
Catarina MadrugaUniversity of Lisbon, Portugal
I am a PhD student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon and I work on the broad subject of natural history (zoological) collections and museums in the 19th century. I am interested in the practices of collecting and exhibiting, and the cultural, symbolic and political meanings of the knowledge produced and negotiated from such collections and in such institutions.
Specifically, my thesis focuses on the zoological collections that were gathered in Lisbon in the second half of the 19th century and that were collected in, what were at the time, the Portuguese territories in Africa. By focusing on the construction of biogeographic knowledge and the contemporary maintenance of the Portuguese empire, my thesis aims to problematize the relationship between taxonomy and imperial discourse, practices, and policies.
Yewande Okuleye
Yewande OkuleyeUniversity of Leicester
Yewande Okuleye is completing her PhD in the history of the re-medicalisation of cannabis(1992-2016) at University of Leicester, England. My research investigates the confluence of factors which facilitated the re-medicalisation of cannabis as a medicine despite the political, medical, social, and cultural barriers which limited the scientific research into the medicinal potential of the cannabis plant. My project seeks to examine how different actors negotiated these restrictions. Oral history interviews have been conducted with key actors within the scientific, medical, legal, and lay communities with the view to write a more nuanced history which foregrounds voices from the margins.
I have integrated a public engagement aspect into my PhD which explores the visual and material culture of science and medicine, as entry points to discuss aspects of my research. I volunteered as a STEM Ambassador and I am keen to develop and collaborate on projects which encourage BAME students to engage with science.
Yewande has a degree in Biochemistry and worked as a research scientist at the Body Shop. Yewande was part of the founding team which developed the cosmetic science degree course at the University of the Arts, London where she lectured cosmetic chemistry. Yewande completed a Masters in History of Medicine at UCL Wellcome Centre before she commenced her PhD.
Sergio Orozco-Echeverri
Sergio Orozco-EcheverriUniversity of Edinburgh
I’m a PhD student in Science and Technology Studies at the Science Studies Unit, University of Edinburgh. I’m currently working on the emergence of laws of nature during the Scientific Revolution and particularly during the British reception of Cartesian lois de la nature until Newton’s Principia.
I have been working on the early modern science and philosophy since my undergrad days, particularly on Newton’s natural philosophy, its roots and its immediate reception. I completed my MPhil on the problem of language in Thomas Hobbes, trying to make sense of his claim that human language is a tool by means of which we create things; I checked how this idea was applied to his natural philosophy and to his mathematics and the role it played in his major controversies.
After that I moved to do some research on the reception of Newtonianism into colonial Spanish territories in South America, particularly in New Granada (1760-1808) in José Celestino Mutis’ Royal Botanical Expedition. Finally, I returned to the European stage of the Scientific Revolution, trying to fill the gap on the origin of laws of nature in the seventeenth century.
Ellen Packham
Ellen PackhamUniversity of Aberdeen
Ellen Packham is a PhD student at the Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine in the University of Aberdeen. Her research explores the literary habits of British professional engineers in the period between 1750 and 1900 considering the genres of writing adopted, adapted and created by engineers, their transformation over time, and their placing within broader literary, scientific and practical cultures. Ellen has a first degree in chemistry and completed an MLitt at the University of Aberdeen in 2017, thanks to the support of a BSHS Master’s Degree Bursary.
Johanna Parker
Johanna ParkerAustralian National University
Johanna is a PhD candidate at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University. Johanna holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies (International Scholarship) from the University of Leicester, UK, and a Master of Arts in Public History from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Johanna has worked as a social history curator at the National Museum of Australia, the National Archives of Australia and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House from 1999 to 2009. In 2009, Johanna began her career in the Australian Government where she has held various positions including managing the Museums and Repatriation Section, and serving a term as the Departmental Liaison Officer at Australia’s Parliament House. In 2015, Johanna was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Academic Achievement, Attorney-General’s Department, “for dedication to the creation of world leading policy advice in the areas of museum collections and repatriation of Indigenous human remains”. Johanna’s research interests are museological legislation and ethics, interpretation, private collectors of cultural material and human remains and British and Australian medical professionals of the 19th century.
Kim Walker
Kim WalkerRoyal Holloway & Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Kim researches the nineteenth century development of the antimalarial cinchona tree and its constituent quinine alkaloids.Controlling empire meant controlling tropical diseases and quinine was central to this. She studies the analytical, botanical and chemical practices involved in transferring the cinchona tree from South America to cultivation in imperial plantations, particularly through the work of ‘quinologist’ John Eliot Howard (1807-1883).
Sofia Viegas
Sofia ViegasUniversity of Lisbon
Sofia Viegas is a PhD student at the Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT), University of Lisbon. She graduated in Biology at the University of Lisbon and holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences and Technology from the University of Porto. Sofia’s research focuses on the colonial botanical collections of the Herbarium of the University of Porto, collected during the 19th and 20th centuries in the former Portuguese African colonies, currently devoid of historical and scientific contextualization. Having CIUHCT and the Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Porto as host institutions, her doctoral project aims to clarify the role of the academic community of Porto in the construction of botanical knowledge of the Portuguese colonies in the 19th and 20th centuries. At the same time as clarifying the circumstances that led to the present invisibility of these collections, both at a national and international level. Prior to that for 6 years she worked in Science Communication themed on Biodiversity, under a protocol between a research centre on Biodiversity (CIBIO-InBIO) and a cultural institution of Contemporary Art, Architecture, and Landscape (Fundação de Serralves).