Dr Rosemary Elliot
- Senior Lecturer (Economic & Social History)
- Associate (School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing)
I am a senior lecturer in Economic and Social History focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My previous work has looked at the history of smoking and public health in Britain and Germany. I am currently working on the history of marriage in Scotland, and also reproductive health, particularly miscarriage and pregnancy loss.
My main research area is 19th and 20th century social history, particularly reproductive health.
My current research area is history of the family from around 1850s to the present day. I am working on a history of miscarriage in Britain, which explores medical understandings and personal experiences of pregnancy loss. I am also contributing to a monograph on the history of working-class marriage in Scotland. This has developed from my work on the AHRC-funded project on working-class marriage in Scotland. My work centres on expectations and experiences of marriage, understandings of parenting and childhood, marital breakdown and child welfare.
My previous research was on smoking and public health in Britain and Germany, funded by the Wellcome Trust.
A pilot study on the history of Miscarriage in Britain funded by the Economic History Society, 2018.
A History of Working Class Marriage, 1855-1976, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Co-Investigator (2012 - 2017)
This is research project explores the history of marriage and the family from the onset of civil registration through to the reform of divorce laws in the 1970s. There are four main research themes:
- Love and courtship
- Experiences of marriage and cohabitation
- Marriage breakdown
- Families (multiple family forms, parenting and childhood)
The project also included the successful and enjoyable ‘Tell Us Your Story’ tour, which visited five locations in Scotland to publicise the project and collect experiences, images and ephemera related to marriage and family from people across Scotland, and beyond, as it turned out.
Smoking and Health in Germany from Occupation and Re-unification (1945-1995), Wellcome Trust University Award, 2004-10
This research explores the relatively liberal attitude of both former West German society and West German governments towards smoking, in the face of international research which caused attitudes to harden in other western countries. The project also explores, compares and contrasts the situation in former East Germany with the former West Germany, looking particularly at the impact of the occupation years, the attitude of the medical profession, the role of the tobacco industry, foreign and domestic cultural influences, and the relationship between national and local smoking policy during the years of partition and reunification.
I have supervised PhD projects in Economic and Social History on topics including homosexual rights; the history of understandings and approaches to overweight; medical understandings of alcoholism; medical legal and social understandings of stillbirth; and experiences of children growing up in different family forms. I am currently supervising students looking at the cultural meaning of weddings; the experiences of couples experiencing childlessness; and the transnational experiences of radical women in Glasgow.
- Course convenor, ESH 1001 and 1002
- ESH 1001: Towards globalisation 1750-1919
- ESH 1002: Themes in globalisation since 1919
- Convenor Topics in the History of Medicine (Student Select Component for 2nd year medical students)
- Health and Society in Germany since c1900
- Addiction in the Modern World
- MSc in History with an emphasis on the history of medicine; MSc Gender History core course Gender, Power and Politics