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Dr Rebecca Williams

Lecturer in Medical History, post 1750


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Telephone: 01392 723153

My research interests are in the history of medicine in modern South Asia, particularly the politics of health and development in post-independence India. My PhD research addressed the establishment of population control programmes in 1950s India, examining the role of the Indian state and of transnational organisations.

I have also been working on the history of the Indian Emergency of 1975-77, focusing particularly on the large number of sterilisations which were conducted during that period under the auspices of the national family planning programme. An article from that project, 'Storming the Citadels of Poverty: Family Planning under the Emergency in India, 1975-77', has been published in the Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 73, Issue 2 (May 2014).