Posted on 29 July 2019
The Department of History is delighted to announce that Dr Fay Bound Alberti, a Reader at the Department of History, has been appointed a co-director of the Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH). Fay will join Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya and Dr Joao Nunes, who has also recently been appointed a co-director CGHH. Fay will lead on Global Public Engagement for CGHH.
Fay was recently awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship for her work on the emotional and cultural history of face transplants. This major interdisciplinary research programme has wide-ranging, global societal, scientific and ethical impacts.
Fay has published extensively on the histories of emotion, medicine and the body, including cosmetic and facial surgery, transplantation, identity, gender and mental health. She was a founding member of the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. Fay’s recent books include Matters of the Heart: History, Medicine and Emotion (2010), This Mortal Coil: The Human Body in History and Culture (2016) and A Biography of Loneliness: The History of an Emotion (2019). She has also worked at a senior level in funding, as Head of Philanthropy for the Arcadia Fund, and Head of Medical Humanities Grants for the Wellcome Trust.
Of her appointment Fay said: “I am honoured to play a role in the development of CGHH and alongside such internationally-renowned colleagues. GCHH has an excellent reputation for interdisciplinary work on themes that connect to my own research into the global histories of medicine, science, policy-making and public health. I look forward to leading on Global Public Engagement and to contributing to the University of York’s outstanding reputation for collaborative, interdisciplinary research”.
We are delighted that Fay has become a Co-Director of our centre. All at the Department of History and the Centre for Global Health Histories look forward to working more closely with Fay as part of CGHH.