Announcing the 2023–24 Nursing Clio Writers-in-Residence!
Nursing Clio is thrilled to announce our five Writers-in-Residence for 2023–24: Clement Masakure, Jakob Burnham, Jonathan Kuo, Kera Lovell, and Nikita Shepard. Our Writers-in-Residence will each contribute four essays over the course of the year, sharing insights from their research and experiences in the worlds of gender and health.
Clement Masakure is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of the Free State in, South Africa. His research interests are on the histories of hospitals and their workers and histories of diseases, health, and healing in southern Africa. Clement is author of African Nurses and Everyday Work in Twentieth-Century Zimbabwe, published in 2020 by Manchester University Press. He is also one of the co-editors of Historia, the Journal of the Historical Association of South Africa. Clement will be writing on public health programs, racial integration in health care settings, and health policies in Southern Africa.
Jakob Burnham’s work will be familiar to Nursing Clio readers from his essays “A Tale of Two Deaths: Chronic Illness, Race, and Medicalization of Suicide” and “Healing on Credit: Medical Bills and the Politics of Medicine in Eighteenth Century Pondichéry.” Jakob is a PhD candidate at Georgetown University. His dissertation, “Producing Pondichéry: Notaries, Social Lives, and Urban Development in French India, 1699–1757,” examines the history of French settlements on the Indian subcontinent. By analyzing the social practices of daily life in French India using archives in France, England, India, Réunion, and the United States, he argues for the centrality of domestic economies to French colonization across the Indian Ocean. As a Writer-in-Residence, Jakob will continue to explore how these same archives can uncover dynamic questions about the histories of race, gender, and medicine in the eighteenth-century Indian Ocean world.
Jonathan Kuo is an MSc student at the University of Manchester, where he is studying the history of science, technology, and medicine. His academic work focuses on the history of twentieth-century health activism across the political spectrum, with particular interest in the fluid boundaries of identity in relation to race, gender, sexuality, nationality, and belief in the Anglosphere and its global connections. He is also interested in writing creative nonfiction and personal essays. His current MSc project examines AIDS activism, race, and diasporic networks in the UK. After Manchester, Jonathan will begin an MD/PhD in the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Jonathan will be writing about histories and cultural depictions of anxiety as well as sharing his observations on funeral practices in different cultures.
Kera Lovell is an associate professor of history at the University of Utah Asia Campus, where they teach courses on US history, women’s history, and global citizenship. Kera earned their PhD in American studies at Purdue University in 2017 and is working on a book project that traces an undocumented method of postwar urban protest in which activists challenged police brutality and urban renewal by insurgently converting vacant lots into parks. This research has been recognized with numerous awards, including fellowships from Dumbarton Oaks, the Graham Foundation, the Hoover Institution, and Purdue University’s Research Grant Foundation. You can find their research in a variety of outlets, including Women’s Studies Quarterly, American Studies Journal, Black Perspectives, and Gender Issues. Kera will be writing for Nursing Clio about protest and police violence in the modern United States.
Nikita Shepard is a PhD student at Columbia University, where they study the histories of gender, sexuality, LGBTQ communities, social movements, and radical politics in the twentieth-century United States. Nikita is committed to public scholarship, and has published a variety of articles integrating historical research, personal experience, and current events intended for broad audiences in the The Washington Post, Spectrum South, and beyond. They also have made media appearances speaking on gender, sexuality, health, and politics, such as with the ACLU’s podcast about antitransgender legislation. Nikita will draw on their research on LGBTQ history to write essays blending historical narrative with reflections on current events and personal experiences.
We’re so happy to have these new writers join the Nursing Clio community to help us bring new histories of gender, sexuality, and health to our readers!
Sarah Handley-Cousins is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University at Buffalo. She is author of Bodies in Blue: Disability in the Civil War North (UGA, 2019) and a producer of Dig: A History Podcast.