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Jacob Steere-Williams

Assistant Professor

Address: Maybank 310
Office Hours: TR 2-4 and by appointment

Jacob Steere-Williams received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2011. His teaching and research interests are in the history of nineteenth century Britain and the British Empire. Dr. Steere-Williams specializes in the history of science, medicine, and disease. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines scientific attitudes and cultural constructions on one of the most fear epidemic disease of the nineteenth century, typhoid fever. 


2011 – Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Research Interests

Dr. Steere-Williams has extensive research experience in British as well as former British colonial archives, including South Africa and Australia. His work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, and explores themes surrounding the uneven development of modern public health, the centralization of state medicine, the production of scientific knowledge, and the notions of scientific expertise and technoscience. His work covers the history of epidemiology, bacteriology, and veterinary medicine, and he is also interested in the popularization of science and medicine, particularly through the Victorian periodical press.

Courses Taught

History 116: Epidemics and Revolutions
History 291: Disease, Medicine, and History
History 241: Perspectives on British Imperialism
History 357: Victorian Britain
History 592: Science, Medicine, and Empire in the Modern World

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Charleston, 2014
Faculty Research and Development Grant, College of Charleston, 2014
Research Fellowship, Wellcome Trust, 2011


“Performing State Medicine During its ‘Frustrating’ Years: Epidemiology and Bacteriology at the Local Government Board, 1870-1900,” Social History of Medicine, currently advanced access.

“Milking Science: The Aylesbury Dairy Company and the Reform of the British Milk Trade in the Late Nineteenth Century,” Agricultural History, forthcoming (Spring 2015) 89;2.

“A Conflict of Analysis: Analytical Chemistry and Milk Adulteration in Victorian Britain,” Ambix (August 2014), 61;3, 279-298.

“Lacteal Crises: Debates Over Milk Purity in Victorian Britain,” in Tabitha Sparks and Louise Penner (eds.) Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture (Pickering and Chatto), Forthcoming.

“The Perfect Food and the Filth Disease: Milk-borne Typhoid and Epidemiological Practice in late Victorian Britain,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (October 2010), 65;4, 514-545.