Dr John Manton MA MLIS MSc DPhil

Assistant Professor


I first joined LSHTM as part of the Anthropologies of African Biosciences Group in 2010, after research and lecturing posts in history at Oxford, Ulster, and KCL. Following two years in Social Anthropology at Cambridge, I returned to the Centre for History in Public Health in 2015, to work with Martin Gorsky on a Wellcome Trust funded project on Health Systems in History. I am also Head of Humanities and Environmental Sciences at the Antimicrobial Resistance Centre at LSHTM.




I lecture on public health histories in the global South on the History and Health module, and am acting module organiser for the MSc Public Health distance learning module History in Health. In 2016-17, I am also lecturing on the Medical Anthropology and Public Health, and Evaluation of Public Health Interventions modules, and leading discussion on the history of malaria control with participants on the Malaria Epidemiology and Control course.


My research on the history and anthropology of disease control has focused on relations between leprosy control and governance in Nigeria, examining the political economy of disease and medicine in the context of the developing engagement between science and African community. This research has been funded by Wellcome Trust doctoral and fellowship grants, and by the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust. More generally, my work is concerned with the interactions between medical research, clinical practice, and welfare and development in the global South from historical and anthropological perspectives. I am interested in spatial aspects of colonial and post-colonial intervention in development and medical research, looking at transnational programmes and resource-driven alliances at a local level, and also in the ways in which local and institutional memories of medical research and clinical practice are encoded or obliterated in the post-colonial state in Africa and Europe.

Research areas

  • Agriculture
  • Conflict
  • Food
  • Global Health
  • Health systems
  • Micronutrients
  • Public health history


  • Anthropology
  • History

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Disability
  • Leprosy
  • Malnutrition
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Skin disease


  • East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • World


  • Cameroon
  • Congo, Rep.
  • Nigeria
  • Philippines

Other interests

  • Antimicrobial Resistance
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