Dr Mona O'Brien

  • Effective Learning Adviser (Academic Services)
  • Affiliate (Comparative Literature) (School of Modern Languages & Cultures)

email: Mona.OBrien@glasgow.ac.uk

McMillan Round Reading Room, University Avenue, Glasgow City, Scotland, United Kingdom, G12 8QF

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5640-2664


I am one of the Effective Learning Advisers for international students in the Learning Enhancement and Academic Development Service. Alongside my colleague Dr Julia Bohlmann I work with international students from all subject areas, individually and through classes and workshops, supporting their development of effective learning, reading, research and writing practices. We also work to create and develop online resources to support international students’ learning and academic literacies development.


Research interests

My current research interests include academic literacies acquisition and development and the role of interdisciplinary collaboration therein.

Furthermore, my ongoing research explores the medical, social, legal, and emotional histories of pandemic and epidemic diseases during the medieval and early modern period (c.1400-1700). In 2021 I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel to undertake my research project on religion and emotional responses to the great pox in early modern Germany.

I received my PhD in History from the University of Glasgow in 2019. In the same year I was awarded a McCarthy Award for History of Medicine Research from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for my paper on Franzosenärzte (‘French pox doctors’) in early modern Nuremberg.

Professional activities & recognition

Prizes, awards & distinctions

  • 2019: McCarthy Award for History of Medicine Research (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh)

Research fellowships

  • 2021 - 2021: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Herzog August Bibliothek
  • 2021 - 2021: Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research (funded by the Wellcome Trust), Early Career Fellowship
  • 2015 - 2018: Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship

Additional information

Academic and professional body membership

  • Early Career Member, Royal Historical Society