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Dr John Manton

MA MLIS MSc DPhil

Assistant Professor

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

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.

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Social and Environmental Health Research

Centres

History in Public Health
Tuberculosis (TB) Centre
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre

Teaching

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.

Research

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 Area
Conflict
Health systems
Micronutrients
Public health history
Agriculture
Food
Global Health
Discipline
Anthropology
History
Disease and Health Conditions
Leprosy
Malnutrition
Disability
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Skin disease
Country
Cameroon
Congo, Rep.
Nigeria
Philippines
Region
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

Traces of the future: an archaeology of medical science in Africa
Geissler, W.; Lachenal, G.; Manton, J.; Tousignant, N.
Testing a new drug for leprosy: clofazimine and its precursors in Ireland and Nigeria, 1944-1966
Manton, J.
Evidence, ethos and experiment: the anthropology and history of medical research in Africa
Making modernity with medicine: mission, state, and community in leprosy control, Ogoja, Nigeria, 1945-1950
Manton, J.
Modern Medicine and its Development beyond the West: Historical Perspectives
Administering leprosy control in Ogoja Province, Nigeria, 1950-1967: a case study in government-mission relations
Manton, J.
Healing Bodies, Saving Souls: Medical Missions in Asia and Africa
See all Dr John Manton's Publications