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Dr John Manton

MA MLIS MSc DPhil

Assistant Professor
in History

Room
204

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. From 2016 to 2020, I was Head of Humanities and Environmental Sciences at the Antimicrobial Resistance Centre at LSHTM.

Affiliations

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

Centres

Centre for History in Public Health
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre (AMR)

Teaching

I lecture on public health histories in the global South on the History and Health module, am deputy module organiser for the MSc Public Health distance learning module History in Health, and co-organizer of the Decolonizing Global Health - History and Legacy lecture series. I also lecture on the Medical Anthropology and Public Health, Epidemiology and Control of Malaria modules, and occasionally on Globalization, and Evaluation of Public Health Interventions modules.

Research

My work is concerned with the interactions between health planning, scientific research, clinical practice, and welfare and development in West and West Central Africa and Southeast Asia from historical and anthropological perspectives. My research on the history and anthropology of disease control has focused on leprosy control in Nigeria, examining the political economy of disease and medicine. This research has been funded by Wellcome Trust doctoral and fellowship grants, and by the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust. I am interested in the histories of post-colonial intervention in infection control and food/nutrition, looking at transnational programmes and resource-driven alliances at a local level, and also in local and institutional memories of scientific research and clinical practice 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
Buruli Ulcer
Country
Cameroon
Republic of the Congo
Cambodia
Laos
Malaysia
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
2016
Neglected Actors in Neglected Tropical Diseases Research: Historical Perspectives on Health Workers and Contemporary Buruli Ulcer Research in Ayos, Cameroon.
Lachenal G; Owona Ntsama J; Ze Bekolo D; Kombang Ekodogo T; Manton J
2016
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Trialing Drugs, Creating Publics: Medical Research, Leprosy Control, and the Construction of a Public Health Sphere in Post-1945 Nigeria
Manton J
2015
Para-States and Medical Science: Making African Global Health
INTRODUCTION: SUSTAINING THE LIFE OF THE POLIS.
Geissler PW; Kelly AH; Manton J; Prince RJ; Tousignant N
2013
Africa
Testing a new drug for leprosy: clofazimine and its precursors in Ireland and Nigeria, 1944-1966
Manton J
2011
Evidence, ethos and experiment: the anthropology and history of medical research in Africa
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