Stephan Curtis


Stephan CurtisPosition

Associate Professor 


  • Post-Doctorate Fellowship: Awarded by Associated Medical Services and held at the Demographic Data Base (DDB), Umeå University (2003, 2004).
  • Post-Doctorate Fellowship: Awarded by the Wellcome Trust and held at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (HPSS), Cambridge University (2002-3).
  • Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University (2000)
  • M.A. Carnegie Mellon University (1995)
  • B.Ed Lakehead University (1990)
  • B.A. Brock University (1989)


Department of History
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7
Tel. (709) 864-7653
Fax (709) 864-2164

Research Interests

Modern European social history, history of medicine, child and maternal mortality, diffusion and dissemination of medical knowledge, recruitment of Swedish seamen, Swedish history.

Small early 19th century farmhouse, Sweden.Current Research Projects

At present I am engaged in three research projects:

  • The first examines the efforts of 19th-century Swedish midwives to bring academic medicine to a relatively isolated part of the country.
  • The second project explores the mechanisms that enabled medical knowledge to spread throughout 19th-century Europe.
  • I am also studying patterns of childhood infectious diseases in the Sundsvall region of Sweden during the second half of the nineteenth century. A fourth project is planned that will examine patterns of rural recruitment of seamen in that region.