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I joined the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare at Strathclyde in 2019.
I am a historian broadly interested in intersections between left-wing politics and the psy’ disciplines, including histories and theories of radical psychiatry, Communist and anti-Communist theories of the mind, histories of Freudo-Marxism (as both intellectual theory and clinical practice), and emotional histories of the left.
My monograph Psychologies in Revolution: Alexander Luria's 'Romantic Science' and Soviet Social History was published as part of the Palgrave Macmillan series 'Mental Health in Historical Perspective' in 2020.
My second book Burnout: The Emotional Experience of Political Defeat is forthcoming with Verso in 2024. Structured around eight concepts – melancholia, nostalgia, depression, burnout, exhaustion, bitterness, trauma and mourning – Burnout explores emotional experiences of political defeat, disillusionment and depletion in historical perspective.
I was awarded an Early Career Research Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust for a postdoctoral project exploring social scientific projects based at institutions in the US that investigated the 'Soviet mind' at the dawn of the Cold War. I have since been awarded a Wellcome Trust University Award to research international campaigns against the political abuse of psychiatry in the USSR.
Before joining Strathclyde in 2019, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the ICI Berlin, taught at Bard College Berlin and Leuphana Universitaet, and held ISSF Wellcome fellowships in Medical Humanities at Birkbeck and the University of Leeds. I completed my PhD at Birkbeck, University of London in Medical Humanities.
I've written for both academic and non-academic publications on topics including rayon stockings, gender and the death drive, utopian pedagogy, Communist motherhood, wrinkles, the aesthetics of fMRI, Soviet babies, revolutionary commemoration, British antipsychiatry, mourning, depression, perfume, and Ulrike Meinhof’s brain. I have also published pieces on film for Another Gaze, Tribune, Jacobin, and Parapraxis.
I'm on the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy. I’m also a contributing editor at Parapraxis Mag and web/reviews editor of History of the Human Sciences.
Doctor of Philosophy, Medical Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
2011 → 2015
Award Date: 1 Feb 2016
Master of Arts, Cultural and Critical Studies, Birkbeck, University of London
Award Date: 30 Sept 2010
Bachelor of Arts, History, University College London
Award Date: 30 Sept 2005
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Cold War Mentalities: Mental Health, Migration, Cultural Exchange and the Harvard Project on the Soviet Social System
1/10/19 → 30/09/22
Project: Research Fellowship
Proctor, H., 31 Jan 2023, In: Journal of Contemporary History. 58, 1, p. 212-213 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article reviewOpen AccessFile13 Downloads (Pure)