Dr Hannah Elizabeth

Research Fellow

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

I am a cultural historian of public health, sexuality, emotions, and childhood. My core research focus is on histories of HIV in Britain.

Most recently I was a Research Fellow for the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award 'The Cultural History of the NHS' in the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick, researching late twentieth century lesbian health activism in the Midlands.

Before joining Warwick, I worked as a research assistant at LSHTM on Alex Mold's Wellcome Investigator Award, Placing the Public in Public Health: Public Health in Britain, 1948-2010, investigating the role of emotion in public health.

I completed my PhD in 2017 at the University of Manchester, it investigated the representation of HIV positive identities to children and adolescents in Britain, 1981-1997. Currently, alongside my research on lesbian health, I am writing a monograph based on my PhD research and preparing to take up my Wellcome Research Fellowship ‘What’s love got to do with it? Building and maintaining HIV-affected families through love, care, and activism in Edinburgh 1981-2016’


Department of Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


I have taught history, history of medicine, and history of science at undergraduate and masters level.


My current research explores how HIV-affected people built and maintained families in Edinburgh, influencing national and international policy and practice through daily acts of love, care, and activism between 1981–2016. It uses ‘family’ broadly, to mean communities of friends, lovers and relatives. It asks to what extent were meanings of ‘family’ and ‘activism’ changed by HIV-related care work and the changing landscape of health and social care, and to what extent reproductive politics and childcare changed as HIV+ individuals had, or sought to have, children.

Research Area
Health promotion
Public health history
Sexual health
Health workers
Reproductive health
Disease and Health Conditions
Sexually transmitted disease
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Histories of HIV/AIDS in Western Europe
Responding to HIV/AIDS in European prisons, 1980s-2000
Weston J
Histories of HIV/AIDS in Western Europe: new and regional perspectives
Weston J; Elizabeth H
Histories of HIV/AIDS in Western Europe: new and regional perspectives
Love Carefully and Without 'Over-bearing Fears': The Persuasive Power of Authenticity in Late 1980s British AIDS Education Material for Adolescents.
Elizabeth HJ
Social history of medicine : the journal of the Society for the Social History of Medicine
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