Dr Janet Weston
15-17 Tavistock Place
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 hold a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (2018-2021), which investigates the history of measuring and assessing mental capacity in Britain and Ireland over the twentieth century. I am focusing on testamentary capacity and guardianship/wardship orders, and am particularly interested in how ideas of mental capacity have been affected by medical innovation, legal process, and broader social attitudes towards old age, gender, class, disability, and ideas of autonomy and vulnerability.
I originally joined LSHTM in 2016 as part of a Wellcome Trust-funded project, 'Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000', to work on the impact of HIV/AIDS on healthcare for prisoners in the 1980s and 1990s.
My first book came out with Bloomsbury at the end of 2017: Medicine, the Penal System, and Sexual Crime in England 1919-1960s