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Jacob Heath

MA, BSc (Hons)

Research Assistant (Ann McPherson Fellow)


I am currently an Ann McPherson Fellow within the Medical Sociology & Health Experiences Research Group (MS & HERG), where I work on a wide range of applied health and social care research projects.

I have a BSc in Anthropology (First Class Honours) from Oxford Brookes University, after which I worked as an Honorary Research Assistant for Oxford University Hospitals supporting research into the symptoms and course of illness caused by Covid-19 in healthcare workers. I then went on to complete an MA in Social/Medical Anthropology (Distinction) from SOAS, University of London where I researched 'What is it like to live with Long Covid?' for my thesis.

Broadly, my interests fall within the area of how health, illness, disease, and biomedicine can shape and be shaped by society, politics, economics, and technology. Specific topics that I am currently interested in include Long Covid/Covid-19, plastic and cosmetic surgery, and AI in healthcare. I am particularly interested in exploring these topics through social categories such as race, gender, class, and (dis)ability, in addition to the forms of oppression, inequality or privilege they can cause.