Robert Peckham


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Professor Robert Peckham 白錦文

Director, Centre for the Humanities and Medicine
M B Lee Professorship in the Humanities and Medicine


As co-Director and founder of the multi-disciplinary Centre for the Humanities and Medicine (CHM), a joint initiative of the Faculty of Arts and the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, I oversee a programme of research involving a wide range of disciplines networked to national and international institutions. My research focuses on histories of infectious disease, epidemics, and global pandemic threats. As an Associate Professor in  the Department of History I lecture on the history of medicine and health and in 2010 introduced cross-faculty teaching modules on global histories of disease.

I have previously taught and held fellowships at the Universities of London, St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, and St. Peter's College, Oxford. From 2008-2011 I was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.In 2015 I will be King’s College London-HKU Fellow.

Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2014-05-01Faculty Research Award for Junior Tenure-track Professoriate Staff: Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2013-03-01Outstanding Teaching Award 2012: The University of Hong Kong
Teaching Accomplishment
2017-03-01Outstanding Paper in Hong Kong Studies: Academy of Hong Kong Studies
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
MemberHistory of Science Society (HSS)
MemberAmerican Association for the History of Medicine (AHAM)
MemberAmerican Historical Association (AHA)
MemberSociety for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM)
MemberInternational Society for Infectious Diseases
ReviewerUniversity of California Press
ReviewerPalgrave Macmillan
ReviewerCambridge University Press
ReviewerOxford University Press
MemberAmerican Society for Environmental History
ReviewerJournal of Public Health
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Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Social entrepreneurship for health
Medical humanities
Humanitarian studies
History of science and technology
History of medicine and health
Cultural representations of disease and the mediatization of disease
Comparative East Asian-European history
Colonial and postcolonial history
Biopolitics and the modern state
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English, French, Greek英語、法語, 希臘語
English, French英語、法語
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English, French, Greek英文、法文, 希臘文
English, French英文、法文
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