|Lecturer (Twentieth-Century British History) in the Department of History|
I am a historian of interwar Britain doing interdisciplinary research at the nexus between disability history, medicial history, and science and technology studies. I completed my PhD on the measurement of hearing loss in the British Telephone System at the University of Leeds in the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science. Following this, I took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Bristol, where I developed my research by exploring the historical measurement of respiratory disability as part of the Life of Breath project, a Wellcome funded project which was led jointly by Bristol and Durham.
My interests are focused on the tension and feedback-loops between measurement technologies and individual experiences of health. To understand the genesis of these discordances, I explore the development of categories used to organise data into groups, which demonstrates how standards of efficiency or nomalcy are aligned to the individual bodies that are part of these groups. My book, Measuring difference, numbering normal, traced how this kind of classification has been used to reveal or conceal the social and environmental determinants of health. My current long-term project extends my work on 'disability data gaps' to explore how specific diseases and conditions have been regulated to substantiate disability, for instance through standardised testing measures.
I am also working on a second monograph project on British scientist Dr Phyllis Kerridge (1901-1940). Kerridge was a British chemist and physiologist whose scientific research significantly transformed medical perceptions of disability. This book is under contract with Johns Hopkins Press and is joint-authored with my long-term collaborator Dr Jaipreet Virdi (University of Delaware).
I received the Scottish History Society Alasdair Ross Prize and recently won the Disability History Association prize for outstanding article for my 2019 article in History and Technology. I am interested in public engagement and investigating how history and historical objects can be used to facilitate improved communications between practitioners, patients, and academics.
- (2020). Measuring difference, numbering normal: Setting the standards for disability in the intewar period.
Chapter in book
- Jones, C. (Published). ‘Inventing amplified telephony: the co-creation of aural technology and disability’. In Modern Prostheses in Anglo-American Commodity Cultures. Manchester University Press.
- McGuire, Coreen & Carel, Havi (2019). The Visible and the Invisible. In The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Disability. 597.
- Malpass, Alice, Mcguire, Coreen & Macnaughton, Jane (2021). ‘The body says it’ the difficulty of measuring and communicating sensations of breathlessness. Medical Humanities 011816, medhum-2019-011816.
- Binnie, Kate, McGuire, Coreen & Carel, Havi (2020). Objects of safety and imprisonment: Breathless patients’ use of medical objects in a palliative setting. Journal of Material Culture 135918352093190.
- McGuire, Coreen, Macnaughton, Jane & Carel, Havi (2020). The Color of Breath. Literature and Medicine 38(2): 233.
- McGuire, Coreen Anne (2019). The categorisation of hearing loss through telephony in inter-war Britain. History and Technology 35(2): 138.
- McGuire, Coreen (2019). Dust to dust. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine 7(5): 383.
- MCGUIRE, COREEN (2019). ‘X-rays don't tell lies’ the Medical Research Council and the measurement of respiratory disability, 1936–1945. The British Journal for the History of Science 52(3): 447.
- Virdi, J & McGuire, C (2018). “Phyllis M. Tookey Kerridge and the Science of Audiometric Standardization in Britain”. The British Journal for the History of Science 51(1).