Grace Redhead

Grace's research examines the genetic disease sickle cell anaemia and its history in postwar Britain, in the context of increased Commonwealth immigration, the evolution of molecular genetics, the changing role of the patient in the new Welfare State, and the political organising of Black British communities. Before undertaking her postgraduate research, Grace worked in Policy and Information at Cancer Research UK.


Supervisor: Margot Finn and Helga Satzinger
Working title: 'The history of sickle cell anaemia in postwar Britain'
Expected completion date: 2018

Conference papers and presentations

  • '"The great British haemoglobin king": Sickle-cell anaemia, population genetics and race in postwar Britain', Annual Conference of the British Society for the History of Science, University of York, June 2017
  • '"The special sickle cell question": sickle cell anaemia and the molecular biology of migration, 1954-1975', 950th Anniversary of 1066: A Millennium (ish) of Immigration, Integration, and Invasion, History Lab Postgraduate Conference, Institute of Historical Research, June 2016
  • '"The sickle of Africa": Sickle cell anaemia and race in postcolonial Britain', Joint FIGS Friday Forum on Race, UCL, March 2014

Teaching 2018-19 (postgraduate teaching assistant)

  • Writing History