Jacob Steere-Williams

Associate Professor, Director of the Graduate History Program

Address: Maybank 310
Office Hours: TR 10-11:00, 2-3:00, and by appointment.
Phone: 843.953.1420
E-mail: steerewilliamsj@cofc.edu

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


Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters:

“‘Coolie’ Control: State Surveillance and the Labor of Disinfection across the late Victorian British Empire,” in Rob Heynen and Emily van der Meulen (eds.) Making Surveillance Societies: Transnational Histories, accepted and contracted for publication with University of Toronto Press, 2018 

“Bloeming-typhoidtein: Epidemic Jingoism and the Typhoid Corpse in South Africa,” in Christos Lynsteris and Nicholas Evans (eds.) Post-Mortem Contagion: Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials: Medicine and Biomedical Science in Modern History Series (London: Palgrave), accepted and forthcoming 2017.

“Performing State Medicine During its ‘Frustrating’ Years: Epidemiology and Bacteriology at the Local Government Board, 1870-1900,” Social History of Medicine(Spring 2015) 28:1, 82-107.

“Milking Science for its Worth: The Reform of the British Milk Trade in the Late Nineteenth Century,” Agricultural History (Spring 2015), 89:2, 263-288.

“Lacteal Crises: Debates Over Milk Purity in Victorian Britain,” in Tabitha Sparks and Louise Penner (eds.) Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture (Pickering and Chatto, 2015), 53-67.

“The Germ Theory,” in Mark Largent and Georgina Montgomery (eds.), A Companion to the History of American Science (Wiley Blackwell, 2015), 397-408.

“Personifying Pestilence: How Political Cartoons Shape our Views of Disease,” ActiveHistory.Ca, Published 1 April 2015. http://activehistory.ca/2015/04/personifying-pestilence-how-political-cartoons-shape-our-views-of-disease/

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

“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.

Book Reviews:

Exhibits at Dittrick Medical History Center, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, (2016) 90;4, 706-707 (co-authored with Cara Delay)

Anne Hardy, Salmonella Infections, Networks of Knowledge, and Public Health in Britain, 1880-1975 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2016, 356-358.

Graham Mooney, Intrusive Interventions (Rochester, New York: Rochester University Press, 2015), in Medical History, 2016, 278-280.

Bill Luckin, Death and Survival in Industrial Britain (Taurus, 2015) in Social History of Medicine, 2016, 850-851.

Deborah Manley (ed.), Women Travelers in Egypt: From the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century (Cairo: The American University of Cairo Press, 2012), in Northeast African Studies (2014) 14;2, 195-197.

Pratik Chakrabarti, Bacteriology in British India (University of Rochester Press, 2012) in Social History of Medicine (2013) 26;4, 805-806.

Virginia Berridge, Martin Gorsky, Alex Mold, Public Health in History, (London: Open University Press, 2012), in Social History of Medicine (February 2013), 26;1, 155-156.

Samuel J.M.M. Alberti, Morbid Curiosities: Medical Museums in Nineteenth Century Britain (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), in Journal of the History of Biology (2012), 45;1, 163-165. 

Martin V. Melosi, The Sanitary City: Environmental Services in Urban America from Colonial Times to the Present, Abridged Edition (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Science (April 2011), 66;2, 258-260.

Amanda J. Thomas, The Lambeth Cholera Outbreak of 1848-1849: the Setting, Causes, Course and Aftermath of an Epidemic in London (North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2010), in Social History of Medicine, in Social History of Medicine (December 2011), 24;2, 522-523.

M. Holland, et al., Cholera & Conflict: 19th century Cholera in Britain and its Social Consequences (Leeds: Medical Museum Publishing, 2009), in Medical History(October 2010), 54; 4, 545-546.