Staff Profile:Dr David Stack

Professor David Stack
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Undergraduate teaching
My teaching reflects my research interests in the inter-relationship of ideas (especially 'scientific' and medical ideas) and politics in the history of Britain and beyond.  At Part One I teach an Approaches to History module, which takes John Stuart Mill's The Subjection of Women (1869) as its text; at Part Two I teach a Period in History module entitled: Birth Control, the history of an idea: from Malthus to Marie Stopes.

My Special Subject, Victorian Lives, is a study of eight Victorian autobiographies and their authors: Mary Seacole, John Stuart Mill, John James Bezer, 'Walter', Charles Darwin, Annie Besant, Molly Hughes, and Edmund Gosse.   My third year Topic, From Darwin to Deathcamps?, charts evolutionary and eugenic ideas in European society from 1859 to 1945. 

Postgraduate supervision (Departmental Director of Research)
I have successfully supervised a number of PhD students, both full and part time, on a range of topics.  I would particularly welcome research proposals relating to the interaction of science/medicine and political history, especially the history of the left.

Areas of Interest:
I believe strongly in the need to promote both interdisciplinary understanding and public engagement with history. In 2008 and 2009 worked with the Natural History Museum's  'Nature Live' team in promoting public understanding around the Museum's Darwin200 events. Within the University I have helped to establish a Darwin Reading Group, which brings together staff and students from across the Humanities/Natural Sciences divide, and I am currently working with colleagues in English and Biological Sciences to establish a new interdisciplinary module for Part 1 students.
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Research statement
I have gained research funding from the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, the AHRC, and the ESRC. In 2010 I held a Countway Fellowship in the History of Medicine, at Harvard Medical School.

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'What, if anything, can science learn from the humanities?'

That is the question that a team of biologists, literary critics and historians at the University of Reading set out to answer in an AHRC-funded project that has generated new insights into the hoary old question of the 'two cultures'.

A workshop, entitled 'Cultivating Common Ground: Biology and the Humanities', was held in July 2012, which introduced practicing biologists to humanities research into biology, and provoked some unexpected responses.

In the resultant scoping study, 'The Value of the Literary and Historical Study of Biology to Biologists', the team drew upon the workshop experience and their respective specialisms to argue that the humanities can play an important role in transforming future biological research. To realize this ambition we are now working together with colleagues from other universities on a pioneering co-disciplinary training programme for young academics as the next step towards bringing biology and the humanities together.


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