Dr Janet Weston

Research Fellow

About Janet Weston

Research Fellow, HIV/AIDS in prisons in England and Ireland, 1980s-2000


I have a BA in English, and postgraduate qualifications in modern literature and the history of medicine and science. I undertook a PhD in history from 2012-2015 at Birkbeck, University of London, which examined medical explanations and treatments for sexual offenders in twentieth century England. Before returning to university, I worked in the charity sector for many years.

I joined the School in 2016 as part of a Wellcome Trust-funded project, 'Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000'.




I am part of a research team working on the history of healthcare in prisons, led by Catherine Cox (University College Dublin) and Hilary Marland (Warwick). This project explores mental illness in prisons, the role and health of prison medical officers, services for women, juvenile mental disorder, and more.

My focus is the history of HIV/AIDS in prisons in both England and Ireland. Led by Virginia Berridge, this strand will look at how prison authorities responded, and whether HIV/AIDS was a catalyst for change.


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