Jenny Bangham

Jenny Bangham specialises in the history of medicine and the biomedical sciences. She is author of Blood Relations: Transfusion and the Making of Human Genetics (University of Chicago Press, 2020). With Emma Kowal and Boris Jardine she co-edited How Collections End (BJHS Themes, vol. 4, 2019), and with Xan Chacko and Judith Kaplan is co-editing Invisible Labour in Modern Science (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming).

She earned a PhD in biology at University College London, and worked as a laboratory geneticist in Edinburgh, where she developed an interest in the history of science. She completed an MPhil and PhD in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, and worked at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, before joining the School of History at Queen Mary.

Peer-reviewed publications

Bangham, J. Blood Relations: Transfusion and the Making of Human Genetics, 315pp. University of Chicago Press (2020).

Bangham, J. ‘Living collections: Care and curation at Drosophila stock centres,’ BJHS Themes 4: 123–147 (2019).

Jardine, B., Kowal E., Bangham, J. ‘Introduction: How Collections End’, BJHS Themes, 4: 1–27 (2019).

Bangham, J.What Is Race?: UNESCO, mass communication and human genetics in the early 1950s’, History of the Human Sciences 28, 80–107 (2015)

Bangham, J. ‘Blood groups and human groups: Collecting and calibrating genetic data after World War Two’. Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 47, 74–86 (2014).

Bangham, J. ‘Writing, printing, speaking: Rhesus blood-group genetics and nomenclatures in the mid-twentieth century.’ British Journal of the History of Science, 47, 335–361 (2014).

Bangham, J. and de Chadarevian, S., ‘Human heredity after 1945: Moving populations centre stage.’ Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences 47, 45–49 (2014).

Bangham, J. ‘Between the transfusion services and blood group research: Human genetics in Britain during the Second World War.’ Chapter in Human Heredity in the Twentieth Century, Bernd Gausemeier, Edmund Ramsden and Staffan Müller-Wille (eds), Pickering and Chatto (2013).

Other publications

Bangham, J. ‘Discovery and the genetic unknown’, in Constellations, Teichmann, E. and Stewart, C., eds. Studio Hato (2021).

Bangham, J. Comment on ‘Bleeding languages: blood types and linguistic groups in the Timor Anthropological Mission,’ by Ricardo Roque’, in Current Anthropology (forthcoming in 2021).

Bangham, J. ‘Genetics, race and population,’ (illustrated double-page spread), invited contribution to: Reproduction: From Antiquity to the Present Day, editors Nick Hopwood, Rebecca Flemming and Lauren Kassell, Cambridge University Press (2018).

Bangham, J., and Kaplan, J., Editorial, ‘Invisible Labour and Knowledge Production in the Human Sciences’, Max Planck Preprint, October 2016.

Reardon, J., Ankeny, R.A., Bangham, J. et al., ‘Bermuda 2.0: reflections from Santa Cruz’, GigaScience, 5, 1–4. (2016).

Bangham, J. ‘Book review: Banking on the Body by Kara W. Swanson’, Isis 107, 214–215 (2016).

Bangham, J. ‘Blood, Paper and Total Human Genetic Diversity’, Limn, special issue ‘The Total Archive’ (2016). (Syndicated by online magazine Atlas Obscura.)

Bangham, J. ‘Book Review: Biomedical Computing: Digitizing Life in the United States, by Joseph November’, British Journal for the History of Science 48, 536–537 (2015).

Bangham, J. ‘Unruly lives, rare blood and genetics’. Invited paper as Marc-Auguste Pictet Prize winner. Archives des Sciences 67, 151–156 (2014)

Bangham, J. ‘H.J. Muller’, entry for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine and Technology. (Oxford University Press; 2014).