Dr Becky Martin
BA (hons) MSc PhD
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am an historian by training; I completed undergraduate degree in History at the University of Kent before taking the MSc programme in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at Oxford. I received my doctorate in the History and Philosphy of Science from the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London in 2020 and was the first in my department to sit a virtual viva during the pandemic (you can read more about this experience in Alchemy 2020).
My recently completed doctoral work, Normalising Whiteness: the use of anatomical models in British medical teaching, explored the physical and theoretical construction of white normality in British anatomical teaching during the late nineteenth century, focussing on anatomical models and other teaching resources. This work was highly interdisciplinary, drawing on methods from history, material culture studies, and marketing theory to create a holistic approach to the history of objects. My research demonstrated that consistent whiteness within anatomical models, and other teaching materials, significantly contributed to the creation and perpetuation of ideas of racial difference and white superiority within nineteenth century British anatomical classrooms. This is important when we consider the continued use of this style of anatomical model (and in some cases, the original nineteenth century objects themselves) by medical students today .
Alongside my work on the ‘LSHTM and colonial medicine: history and legacy’ project, I am also a Research Associate on the Emerging Research Cultures project, looking at the research culture in biosciences PhD programmes funded by the Wellcome Trust, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at UCL.
At the LSHTM I am continuing a project exploring the legacy of the school's colonial past begun by Dr Lioba Hirsch in 2019. I am interested in how the LSHTM's colonial past has continued to impact research, teaching, and relations with international partners at the school from 1960 to the present day, building on Lioba's work which established the role British colonialism and imperialism played in the founding and history of the school.