Dr Sarah Fox

Dr Sarah Fox

Department of History
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sarah Fox is a social and cultural historian with interests in the social histories of law and medicine, the body, gender, food, and community.  She works as research associate on the Leverhulme-funded project Material Identities, Social Bodies: Embodiment in British Letters, c.1680-1820 at the University of Birmingham.  She is currently co-authoring a book on George III, his dining habits, and understandings of Britishness in the late eighteenth century, and is in the early stages of developing a new project exploring trust in eighteenth-century England. Her first book, Giving Birth in Eighteenth-Century England is available to download for free.


  • PhD, University of Manchester (2017)


Recent publications


Fox, S 2022, Giving birth in eighteenth-century England: new historical perspectives. New Historical Perspectives, Institute of Historical Research, University of London Press, London. <https://www.sas.ac.uk/publications/giving-birth-eighteenth-century-england>


Fox, S & Brazier, M 2024, 'Midwives’ oaths: everyday life and the law in seventeenth-century England', Continuity and Change, pp. 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0268416023000309

Fox, S 2023, 'Archival Intimacies: Empathy and Historical Practice in 2023', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, pp. 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0080440123000099

Fox, S 2020, 'The regulation of midwives in England, c.1500-1902', Medical law international, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 308-338.

Fox, S & Brazier, M 2020, 'The regulation of midwives in England, c.1500–1902', Medical law international, vol. 20, no. 4. https://doi.org/10.1177/0968533220976174

Fox, S 2019, ''The Woman was a Stranger': childbirth and community in eighteenth-century England', Women's History Review, pp. 421-436.

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