Robert Peckham


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Dr Robert Peckham 白錦文

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Centre for 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
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
MemberHistory of Science Society (HSS)
ReviewerCambridge University Press
ReviewerJournal of Public Health
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
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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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