Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineFaculty of Medicine Centre

Medical Humanities Teaching Fellow



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I am a historian of medicine and psychiatry and joined Imperial in 2018. I was previously Lecturer in Cultural and Intellectual History at Queen Mary University of London, and before that undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford on the Diseases of Modern Life project. As well as teaching on the BSc in Humanities, Philosophy and Law, I work with colleagues across the Faculty of Medicine to incorporate the medical humanities into clinical teaching and training. I am also a Sessional Lecturer in the History of Science and Medicine for the Horizons programme in the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication.

My research interests take in the history of psychiatry, links between health and environment in the 19th century, Victorian cultural history, and the history of technology. Recent publications include the co-authored volume Anxious Times: Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019). Besides my historical work, I also write on film and music.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Wallis J, 2018, A Home or a Gaol? Scandal, Secrecy, and the St James's Inebriate Home for Women, Social History of Medicine, Vol:31, ISSN:0951-631X, Pages:774-795

Wallis J, 2017, Bloody technology: the sphygmograph in asylum practice, History of Psychiatry, Vol:28, ISSN:0957-154X, Pages:297-310


Bonea A, Dickson M, Shuttleworth S, et al., 2019, Anxious Times: Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain, University of Pittsburgh Press, ISBN:9780822945512

Wallis J, 2017, Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum Doctors, Patients, and Practices, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN:9783319567143


Wallis J, 2018, A machine in the garden: The compressed air bath and the nineteenth-century health resort, Histories of Technology, the Environment and Modern Britain, Editor(s): Agar, Ward, UCL Press, Pages:76-100, ISBN:9781911576587

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