Dr Alexia Moncrieff

Dr Alexia Moncrieff


After graduating with a BA with majors in History and International Studies from the University of Adelaide, I went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Psychology before returning to my first love of history and undertaking an Honours year, graduating from the same institution with a First in 2010. I then remained at the University of Adelaide for my PhD and, upon graduation in 2017, was awarded a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence for my thesis on the Australian Army Medical Corps in the First World War. I joined the University of Leeds in September 2016 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on 'Men, Women and Care', an ERC-funded project in the School of History, led by Dr Jessica Meyer.

Research interests

I am interested in history at the intersection of war, medicine, gender and empire. My doctoral research examined the ways that imperial, military, medical and gender hierarchies shaped the way the Australian Army Medical Corps (AAMC) provided medical care to sick and wounded Australian soldiers in the First World War. I analysed three types of care (casualty clearance and evacuation, rehabilitation, and the prevention and treatment of venereal disease) to demonstrate how the AAMC established its expertise, asserted its authority, and gradually extended its control to areas not traditionally within its purview. I am currently revising the manuscript for publication in the Australian Army History Series with Cambridge University Press as Expertise, Authority and Control: The Australian Army Medical Corps in the First World War.

As part of the Men, Women and Care project, my current research explores the lived experience of post-war disability through an analysis of the Ministry of Pensions personal pension files, held at the National Archives, Kew. These files contain the paperwork generated in the bureaucratic process of applying for war-related disability pensions in Britain after the First World War and they reveal the intimate details of people's lives. My research focuses on the 'Overseas' subsection of the archive to analyse the effects of distance and dislocation on the care for British veterans. I am currently working on cases that include fraud, family breakdown, domestic violence, workplace deaths and concerns about the welfare of children living in colonial contexts. 

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  • PhD
  • BA (Hons I)
  • GDip Psychology
  • BA (History and International Studies)

Professional memberships

  • Australian Historical Association
  • International Society for First World War Studies
  • Society for the Social History of Medicine
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine

Student education

I teach Australian history to undergraduates and contribute to MA modules, teaching seminars on gender, medicine and war.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Global History
  • War and Peace
  • Health, Medicine and Society
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