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Dr Maria Kiladi
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  • Research Fellow
  • Dept of Science & Technology Studies
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Research Summary

I am a Historian of 20th Century British History with expertise in the British Labour Movement, Socialism and Communism during the 1920s and 1930s. As well as a PhD I have two Masters, one of which is in Digital Humanities from UCL's Centre for Digital Humanities. 

I joined the Department of Science and Technology Studies in May 2019 as part of UCL's Eugenics Inquiry Committee for which I investigated UCL's History of Eugenics. My work for the Committee included researching the Department of Applied Statistics and Eugenics, the various individuals related to Eugenics and UCL (such as Karl Pearson and Francis Galton), Institutional Structures (Departments and Laboratories, such as the Biometric and the Francis Galton Laboratory for the Study of National Eugenics), and the Galton Bequest. 
My research for the Eugenics Inquiry Committee aimed at putting Eugenics and UCL in context by examining it as part of the wider British society and the eugenics context of the period, rather than studying it as an exceptional institutional story. To achieve this, I have used primary and secondary sources that have been heavily neglected in the past, such as the University of London Archives. My work on shifting the focus from Francis Galton to Karl Pearson helped illuminating institutional responsibilities and support networks.
As part of that work, I have produced a comprehensive Guide in Researching Eugenics. The Guide includes thematical division of archives as well as other relevant primary and secondary sources. It has very detailed sections on individuals that have worked at the Galton and Biometric Laboratories, Institutional Structures and subjects of interest on Eugenics. It aims to be a valuable resource for research on Eugenics. The Guide will be launched in the Summer of 2021. 

Since January 2020 I am a Research Fellow on the Legacies of Eugenics Project. My main research interests are British Eugenics and its context, scientific racism, Karl Pearson and the institutionalisation of Eugenics. My work on Karl Pearson and his research focuses on publication practices, data representation and bias. 
Other research interests include Eugenics and the British Left, Eugenics and class, Eugenics and disabilities, Anthropometry, Biometry, and the changing language of Eugenics - especially in relation to modern-day genetics. 

Academic Background
2005   Master of Arts Goldsmiths College
2004   Bachelor of Arts Royal Society of Arts
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