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Dr Janet Weston

BA MA MSc PhD

Research Fellow

Room
209

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

I originally studied English literature, and worked in the charity sector while obtaining an MA in Contemporary Literature and an MSc in the history of science and medicine. I then returned to academia full-time for a PhD in History at Birkbeck, University of London. My PhD examined medical explanations and treatments for sexual offenders over the 20th century, and formed the basis of my first book, Medicine, the Penal System, and Sexual Crime in England 1919-1960s (Bloomsbury, 2017).

I joined the Centre for History in Public Health at LSHTM in 2016.

Affiliations

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

Centres

History in Public Health

Teaching

Health in History

Principles of Social Research

Research

I hold a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (2018-2021), to investigate the history of mental incapacity in Britain and Ireland over the twentieth century. I am focusing on decisions and disputes over individuals' capacity to manage their financial affairs, and am particularly interested in how ideas of mental capacity have been affected by attitudes towards old age, gender, class, disability, and ideas of autonomy and vulnerability.

I originally joined LSHTM 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.

I am interested more generally in historical perspectives on deviance and difference, prisons and crime, and law and policy, particularly in relation to mental health, gender, sexuality, and age. I am interested in supervising students working on any of these areas.

Research Area
Ageing
Public health history
Discipline
History
Socio-legal studies
Law
Disease and Health Conditions
Addiction
HIV/AIDS
Mental health
Disability
Region
Euro area
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