Associate Director of MAPSS and Lecturer in History

(773) 702-5166
5736 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room 202

Darcy Hughes Heuring is the Associate Director of MAPSS and a Lecturer in History. She completed her PhD in modern British and British imperial history at Northwestern University in 2011, and is a 2001 graduate of the MAPSS program. She has been a Mellon Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London, a Presidential Fellow at Northwestern University, a recipient of the Shryock Medal (awarded by the American Association for the History of Medicine), and a recipient of the T.W. Heyck Prize for outstanding research in British history at Northwestern University. Darcy mentors the preceptors and post-doctoral instructors in MAPSS, and has wide-ranging research and teaching interests in the social and cultural history of modern Britain, the British Empire, the colonial Caribbean, the history of medicine and public health, and women’s and gender history. She has taught courses on imperial and colonial history, gender, the history of medicine and sexuality, the post-emancipation Caribbean, race and the Victorians, the First World War, and the rise and fall of the British Empire. Her current course offerings include “Gender, Sex and Empire” (which examines the complex and contested relationships between gender, sexuality, social organization and power in histories of primarily British imperialism and colonialism), and “Historical Methods” (which seeks to provide students methodological, theoretical and conceptual tools useful in formulating and executing a substantial historical research project). Darcy is currently writing a book examining the role of contests over public health in the formation of Jamaican nationalism and the decline of British imperialism.