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Dr George Severs

  • Overview



    George Severs is a historian of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Britain and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the SHaME project. He is currently investigating the impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic had on the working practices of sexual health advisors and medics who encountered survivors of sexual violence in Britain from the 1980s to the present, as well as writing a history of male survivors of sexual violence. George's first book, which he is completing for Bloosmbury, is a history of HIV/AIDS activism in England between 1982 and 1997.

    George is an oral historian and serves as Secretary of the Oral History Society's LGBTQ Special Interest Group and as Public History Editor of Oral History. 

    Office hours

    Tuesdays (B33 - 26 Russell Square) 5-6pm, or by appointment. 


    • PhD, University of Cambridge, 2021
    • MPhil , University of Cambridge , 2017
    • BA (Hons), Royal Holloway, University of London, 2016

    Visiting posts

    • Visiting Lecturer in Oral History, Royal Holloway, University of London , 09-2021 to 06-2022

    Professional memberships

    • Member of the Oral History Society. 

    • Early Career Member of the Royal Historical Society. 

    • Member of the North American Society on British Studies.

    • Public History Editor of Oral History. 

    • External member of the Goldsmiths Centre for Queer History. 

    • Secretary of the Oral History Society's LGBTQ Special Interest Group. 

    Honours and awards

    • Holstein Fellowship in Queer and Trans Studies in Religion, University of California, Riverside, September 2019


  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    George Severs supervises MA students in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. He is currently co-supervising Danny McMillan's doctoral project alongside Dr Sean Brady. 

    Current doctoral researchers



    George Severs teaches on the MA in Medical Humanities. George is also Visiting Lecturer in Oral History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

    Teaching modules

    • Queer Histories/Queer Cultures (FDGD012S7)
    • Critical Entanglements in the Medical Humanities (SSHC483S7)
  • Publications