Jamie Stark

Job Title: UAF in Medical Humanities

Dr Jamie Stark will be taking up the post of University Academic Fellow in Medical Humanities. His main area of research is the history of medicine since 1850, especially infectious diseases and the relationship between medicine, the biological sciences and associated technologies. His monograph, The Making of Modern Anthrax, was published by Pickering & Chatto in 2013, and he is the author of numerous journal articles and reviews in the history of medicine and science, and museum studies.


His current research examines the history of rejuvenation in modern Britain, with particular emphasis on hormone treatments, electrotherapy, diet and skincare. He is working in collaboration with the Boots Company archive, and has previously collaborated with a wide range of organisations, including the National Trust, Leeds Museums and Galleries, and Thackray Medical Museum. From September he will oversee a new research project entitled ‘Pasts, Presents and Futures of Medical Regeneration’. Supported by a Wellcome Seed Award this will bring together scholars from across the arts, humanities and medical sciences to examine the concept of regeneration. In 2014 he was selected as one of fourteen participants on the AHRC/Wellcome funded training programme, New Generations in Medical Humanities.


Dr Stark is currently Chair of the Outreach and Education Committee of the British Society for the History of Science and also acts as the Society’s Honorary Archivist. In his current post at the University of Leeds, he is one of five postdoctoral researchers working on the Arts Engaged project, fostering a culture of collaborative research and impact across the Faculty of Arts.