Dora Vargha is a historian of medicine, science and technology, with expertise in the history of epidemics, the politics of health, and Cold War history. She received her PhD in History from Rutgers University and was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and a postdoctoral fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, before joining the University of Exeter, where she is Professor of History and Medical Humanities. In 2021, she was awarded a five year ERC Starting Grant for her project ’Socialist Medicine: an Alternative Global Health History’ (SOCMED). As that project’s Principal Investigator, she will lead an ERC Research Group at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s chair for the history of science until 2026.
Dora Vargha’s research is informed by gender history, history of childhood and disability history, and is in conversation with medical anthropology, sociological approaches and political science. Her research has been awarded the 2020 Medical Humanities Award for Best International Research by the AHRC and Wellcome Trust, the 2019 Book Prize of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, the J. Worth Estes Prize by the American Association for the History of Medicine in 2016, and the Young Scholar Book Prize by the International Committee for the History of Technology in 2014. Dora Vargha was co-editor of the journal of Social History of Medicine 2017-2021.