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Dr Michael Bresalier

Dr Michael Bresalier

Lecturer in the History of Medicine, History
Office - 137
First Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am a lecturer in the history of medicine, with expertise in the social, cultural, economic, and global dimensions of health and disease in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I trained in social history (University of Ottawa) environmental studies (York University, Toronto), and the history and philosophy of science (Cambridge). Before joining the Department, I was Wellcome Research Fellow at the Department of History, King’s College London and previously held research and teaching posts at Imperial College, the University of Manchester and the University of Bristol.  

Areas Of Expertise

  • Epidemics and infections in the modern world
  • Global history of modern medicine
  • Animals in modern science and medicine
  • Historical perspectives of hunger and famine
  • History of international health
  • Medicine, disease and empire

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

History of modern medicine, 1790-present
Disease in history
Colonial, post-colonial and global medicine
Inequalities in health and medicine
Modern medical bodies
Geopolitics of hunger and humanitarianism
The social, ecological and political consequences of the ‘livestock revolution’

Research Collaborations