Dr Fay Bound Alberti is a writer and cultural historian who has published widely on the histories of medicine and science, gender, the body and emotions. Fay co-founded the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary University of London where she remains Honorary Senior Research Fellow. Specialisms include illness, disease and the body, the history and ethics of cosmetic surgery, the relationship between mind and body and gender politics. Fay’s most recent book is This Mortal Coil: The Human Body in History and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016). She is a regular blogger for The History Girls, a group of best-selling, award-winning writers of historical fiction and non-fiction. Fay is currently writing two monographs: one on face transplants and the other on loneliness. Both books engage with the changing meanings of individual and social identity in a global, digital age.
In addition to her research and writing, Fay is an experienced policy advisor and Head of Philanthropy. She acted as a Consultant to the UK Government on Open Access and transparency and was a member of the Open Access Implementation Group (OAIG) (2010). Fay has advised the British Library, Ithaka and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and acts as a reviewer for publishers including History Workshop Journal, Medical History, Yale University Press, Oxford University Press and Palgrave. She also advises on funding applications for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the European Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. As a result of her work on the history and politics of cosmetic surgery, she has been consulted by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Fay has also worked as Head of Philanthropy for the Arcadia Fund and Head of Medical Humanities Grants for the Wellcome Trust. She provides freelance consulting services in interdisciplinary research, evaluation and impact.
Policy papers, Books, Articles and Chapters
From Face off to the Face Race: The Death of Isabelle Dinoire and the Emotional History of Face Transplants,’ The Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, 1 November 2016
March 22, 2017, 4:37 pm
RT @emotionshistory: Enjoyed our lunchtime seminar with @fboundalberti last wk?Read her post on our blog https://t.co/lVGh7OxkZ8
March 22, 2017, 2:35 pm
Faces that matter: history, emotion, transplantation https://t.co/NLO3Bag62J
February 8, 2017, 9:29 pm
RT @WHYYThePulse: This week: @voiceofvij @toddbookman @ReginaHolliday #actuallivingscientist @fboundalberti @mslinda_j + story slams #fromt…
January 31, 2017, 10:52 pm
RT @TrumpDraws: turkey https://t.co/t6OJ15Fsan
January 31, 2017, 10:51 pm
RT @paldhous: These Nobel Prizewinners Show Why Immigration Is So Important For American Science https://t.co/PVBF6G6PYm https://t.co/Z87PR…
January 23, 2017, 10:42 pm
RT @Milbank: There are a million, million and a half reporters in the briefing room. https://t.co/pZsZZ4ZAg2
January 23, 2017, 10:38 pm
RT @HuffingtonPost: Donald Trump signs anti-abortion executive order surrounded by men https://t.co/K1qAyuYTjJ https://t.co/YUH09dFiWU
January 22, 2017, 8:40 pm
RT @KathViner: Trump's inauguration crowd: the White House claims versus the evidence https://t.co/3IgnmqhzcB
January 9, 2017, 6:45 pm
Many thanks to @bourke_joanna for nominating This Mortal Coil as one of the best history books of 2016. https://t.co/rjExB5kHQs
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