Dr Dora Vargha

Lecturer in Medical Humanities


Extension: 4808

Telephone: 01392 724808

Before joining Exeter, I was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and a postdoctoral fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. My work focuses on questions of global health and biomedical research in the Cold War era, using the locality of Eastern Europe as a starting point. My research is informed by gender history, history of technology, history of childhood and disability history and is in conversation with medical anthropology, sociological approaches and political science. 

My interest spans from the politics of epidemic management to public health systems and access to therapeutics. I have recently completed a book manuscript titled Iron Curtain, Iron Lungs: Governing Polio in the Cold War. I have written on the global infrastructure of diphtheria antitoxin, the politics of vaccination in Eastern Europe, hospital care of disabled children in communist cotexts and about shifting epidemic narratives in historical analysis. I am now embarking on a new research project, Socialist Medicine: An Alternative Global Health History with a Wellcome Trust Seed Award. 

My work has been awarded the J. Worth Estes Prize by the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Young Scholar Book Prize by the International Committee for the History of Technology. I am co-editor of the journal of Social History of Medicine, a collaborating member of The Reluctant Internationalists research group, and member of the Centre for the Study of Internationalism at Birkbeck, University of London.