Academic Background

Before joining the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities in 2015, Joy was a Tutor in the School of History, teaching medical and social history from the time of Galen until the eve of the First World War.

Joy Hawkins is a medical historian by training. Her PhD thesis focused on the causes of blindness and eye complaints in later medieval England, and how ordinary people dealt with them on a daily basis. She has published on the interconnection between medicine, religion and gender during the Middle Ages.  

Her main research interest is exploring the understandings of ailments, injuries and bodily fluids, and responses to them throughout history. 

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