Dr Steven Taylor

Lecturer in History of Medicine


Dr Steven J. Taylor completed his PhD at the Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Leicester. Since then he has held teaching and research posts in the School of History at the University of Leicester and the Centre for Health Histories at the University of Huddersfield.

Research interests

Steve is a historian of medicine, disability and childhood. He is interested in ideas and constructions of mental difference; the historical process of diagnosis; ability and disability considered through a lens of perfection/imperfection; institutional care across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and the psychological impact of forced migration on children. Steve has published widely in these areas and his first monograph Child Insanity in England, 1845-1907, was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. In 2020 he published the edited volume Healthy Minds in the Twentieth Century: In and Beyond the Asylum and he is currently writing his second book that examines experiences of mental deficiency, childhood, and education in a special school at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Steve has held grants as Principal Investigator from a number of research bodies; these include awards from the Scouloudi Foundation, Wellcome Trust, The Sir Richard Stapley Foundation, and the Foundation for Canadian Studies. He has also developed public engagement projects with BrightSparks Arts in Mental Health Group, Leicestershire NHS Partnership Trust, and the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester.


Steve teaches on Introduction to the History of Medicine; Marvels, Monsters and Freaks, 1870-1920; Surgery, Science and Society since 1750; Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes: A History of the Modern Body, 1800-1950; and Deformed, Deranged and Deviant.

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