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Queen's University

Mary Caesar 


Ph.D. Candidate



BA (Sociology and Psychology), University of Cape Town, South Africa; LLB (Human Rights Law), University of Cape Town, South Africa; MA (History), Queen's University, Canada


My research and teaching interests are South African and Southern African history, medicine, race and Gender.

I'm working with Prof. Marc Epprecht for my doctoral research, which focuses on race, gender and the politics of public health in South Africa from 1940 until 1960. Before the rise to power of the Afrikaner Nationalist Party, a group of physicians, bureaucrats and politicians tried to reform the South African health system. They spearheaded South Africa's social medicine experiment. Apart from the political backlash, I will try to map the ways in which race and gender shaped the nature of that social medicine experiment as well as its eventual failure.


Flint, Karen. Review of Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange, and Competition in South Africa, 1820 - 1948. Canadian Journal of African Studies, Forthcoming.

Nattrass, Nicoli. Review of Mortal Combat: AIDS Denialism and the Struggle for Antiretrovirals in South Africa. Canadian Journal of African Studies, 2009, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p204-206



Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000