Dr Catherine Crawford

Senior Lecturer
Department of History
Dr Catherine Crawford
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872301

  • Location

    5NW.8.20, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Thursdays 10.30-11.30



I went into History because of the life-changing intellectual excitement I experienced in my first year of a liberal arts degree at the University of British Columbia. I found that historical understanding was the most satisfying kind. I loved that you can study almost anything as a historian. After my BA I came to the UK to do an interdisciplinary master's in 'History and Social Studies of Science' at Sussex, followed by a doctorate at Oxford on the history of forensic medicine. I taught at the University of Leeds and was a research fellow at the Wellcome Collection in London before coming to Essex. I am interested in how ideas about the world get created and legitimised. My research has been broadly concerned with the construction of medical authority in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I co-edited a collection of essays on Legal Medicine in History (1994), and have published articles on Enlightenment medicine, doctor-patient disputes, and the comparative history of forensic medicine in different legal cultures.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

social and cultural history of medicine

criminal justice history

illness and culture

theories of evidence in law and medicine 17th-19th centuries

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Human Rights in Historical Perspective (HR291)

  • Crime and Punishment: England in Comparative Perspective 1650-1900 (HR353)

  • Research Project (HR831)

Previous supervision

Elliott Royston Hicks
Elliott Royston Hicks
Thesis title: 'the London DrUG Culture, C. 1926-1966'
Degree subject: History
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 21/7/2015


Journal articles (1)

Crawford, C., (2000). Patients' rights and the law of contract in eighteenth-century England. Social History of Medicine. 13 (3)

+44 (0) 1206 872301


5NW.8.20, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Thursdays 10.30-11.30