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Dr Coreen McGuire

Lecturer (Twentieth-Century British History)

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Lecturer (Twentieth-Century British History) in the Department of History  
Associate Member in the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS)  


Coreen McGuire is a historian of interwar Britain doing interdisciplinary research at the nexus between disability history, medicial history, and science and technology studies. She completed her 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, she took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Bristol and developed research on 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.

Her first book, Measuring difference, numbering normal: setting the standards for disability in the inter-war period (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020) is available open-access. Described in (Twentieth Century British History, 2021) as rendering 'visible the long implicit but underexplored connections between biometrics and disability’ (Twentieth Century British History, 2021). It has been internationally praised as: a 'valuable contribution to a vibrant discussion at the intersection of STS and disability studies' (Social History of Medicine, 2020) and a ‘remarkable work [that] can be considered an essential read for any historian and philosopher of science and technology, as well as for those interested in disability studies’ (Canadian Review of Medical History

Dr McGuire welcomes requests for research supervision. 

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