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Ian Miller


Ian Miller is Lecturer in Medical History at Ulster University, Northern Ireland who focuses on 19th- and 20th-century British, American and Irish history. He is the author of six books on medical history. His research has so far examined the controversial ethical decisions made to force-feed hunger strikers, how the Irish diet changed (mostly for the worse) in the decades following the Irish Famine and the surprisingly interesting history of the Victorian stomach. He is currently Book Review Editor for the journal Social History of Medicine.

​From 2021, Ian has been PI on the Epidemic Belfast Project which, so far, includes a 25 episode podcast on Belfast's medical history and learning resource at

Ian has held visiting fellowships at the Max Planck Centre for the History of Emotions (Berlin), Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, INSERM (Paris) and the Institute for General Practice and Community Medicine (Oslo). In 2022, Ian will be Visiting Research Fellow at HEX (Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences), University of Tampere.

​Ian currently supervises various PhD projects on fascinating topics including the history of lobotomies in Britain, cancer history in Ireland and 19th-century Irish migration to Scottish asylums. 

Ian makes regular media and festival appearances. He once co-organised a major exhibition at Kilmainham Gaol (Dublin) and acted as historical consultant on the movie Suffragette, Bobby Sands: 1981 (Fine Point Films), as well as various BBC television shows. He presents research widely across UK, Ireland, America and Oceania.

Ian is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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