University of Hertfordshire

Dr Jennifer Evans PhD., FRHistS

Jennifer Evans

Dr Jennifer Evans PhD., FRHistS

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Jennifer Evans is a senior lecturer in the history group. Her research is focused on the body, medicine and gender and covers the period 1550-1750. To date her research has examined the understanding of infertility and its treatments in early modern England. She completed her PhD at the University of Exeter in 2011 and taught at the same university for two years before joining the University of Hertfordshire. She has published articles in Women's History Review and Social History of Medicine. Her first monograph Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in early modern England was published by Boydell & Brewer in October 2014.

She is also founding editor and regular contributor to the Early Modern Medicine blog,which features posts by scholars in a range of fields exploring medine and the body in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Alongside Ciara Meehan she is a director of the Perceptions of Pregnancy research network, which brings together scholars in a range of fields to examine all aspects of fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. The research network has currently published two collections, a special edition of Women's History in the summer of 2016 and an edited collection Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century (Palgrave, 2017).

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