• The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Kelly-Ann (Kelly) Couzens is an Australian-born historian of criminal and forensic history. In 2019 she graduated with a PhD in History from the University of Western Australia. Kelly’s thesis, entitled: Medicine on Trial: Medical Testimony and Forensic Expertise in the Scottish High Court of Justiciary, c. 1822 – 1906 explored the history of forensic medicine and professional claims of medico-legal authority in trials for violent crimes in Victorian Edinburgh.


Since moving to Britain in early 2020, Kelly has worked as a Research Assistant in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh and, since June 2021, has been based in the History Department at the University of Warwick. She is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Wellcome-funded project 'The Last Taboo of Motherhood? Postnatal Mental Disorders in 20th Century Britain' (2021-2024), led by Professor Hilary Marland. Kelly’s work can be seen in the journal History (2019 edition) and in Alison Adam’s 2020 edited collection, Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850. She is also currently working on a book to be published by Palgrave, entitled The Victorian Police Surgeon: A History of Crime and Forensic Medicine. Kelly is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the History Department at the University of Western Australia.


Kelly’s research interests include histories of medicine, law, and the press, as well as interdisciplinary research methods or approaches to the past.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Warwick

Jun 2021Jun 2024

Research expertise keywords

  • Legal History
  • Medical History/ European History
  • History and philosophy of science
  • Scottish history (nineteenth century)
  • Criminal law


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