Emma Newlands


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a lecturer in Modern British History, with particular interests in war, medicine and military culture. In 2013 I was awarded a Chancellor's Fellowship for a study of military medical caregiving in the Second World War. I am currently working on a British Academy-funded project on lived experiences of RAMC personnel between 1939 and 1945.



Research Interests

I am interested in military health and medicine in the twentieth century, particularly  the ways in which the British Armed Forces have prepared civilian men for military service through bodily regimes. I  also conduct research on the medical and scientific experiments that have been carried out on military personnel since 1939. My first monograph, Civilians into Soldiers: War, the Body and British Army Recruits, 1939-1945, will be published by Manchester University Press in August 2014. I am currently working on a project on the lived experiences of men who service in the Royal Army Medical Corps between 1939 and 1945. Drawing on their personal testimonies, this research examines themes including masculinity, class, and emotional responses to war. 

I also coordinate the CSHHH 'Journeys Through Health History' schools engagement project, which delivers history of medicine materias as part of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. This project, funded by the University of Strathclyde, brings together the CSHHH Glasgow, Learning Teaching Scotland, the Wellcome Trust Library, Glasgow Museums, the National Library of Scotland and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. To-date, I have worked with Bellahouston Academy, St Peter the Apostle High School and Port Glasgow High. 

Teaching Interests

I currently teach on the following undergraduate courses:

  • War and Society in the Twentieth Century
  • Disease and Society: An Introduction to the History of Medicine
  • Dangerous Drugs and Magic Bullets: the Social History of Medicines in Modernity
  • Basic British History: From 1700 to the Present Day
  • Medicine and Warfare in the Twentieth Century
  • Bringing out the Bodies in History
  • Madness and Society from Ancient Times to the Present
  • For the Benefit of Mankind: Human experiments in history
  • Men at War, 1914-45

I also run the MSc modules Medicine and Warfare, 1800-2000 and The Working Man in Modern Britain

Academic / Professional qualifications

2010, PhD History, Univeristy of Strathclyde

2004, MPhil Social History, University of Glasgow/University of Strathclyde

2003, BA Hons (First Class), University of Stirling

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Arts, University of Stirling

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

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