Biography

BA, MA, PhD (York)


Associate Professor; Chair, History



James Moran teaches courses in Canadian History, the history of Quebec, historiography, and the history of health and medicine in North America. His publications include: Committed to the State Asylum: Insanity and Society in Nineteenth Century Quebec and Ontario (2000); with David Wright (eds.) Mental Health in Canadian Society: Historical Perspectives (Montreal: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2006); and with Leslie Topp and Jonathan Andrews (eds.) Madness, Architecture and the Built Environment: Psychiatric Spaces in Historical Context (Routledge, 2007). He is currently writing a book on madness and civil law in England and the United States.

Recent Publications

Madness on trial

Manchester University Press, 2019

Introduction: the historical borderlands of health and mobility

Histoire sociale/Social history, 2019

Mad migrants and the reach of English civil law

Migration and mental health, 2016

Travails of madness: New Jersey, 1800-1870

Work therapy, psychiatry and society, c. 1750 – 2010, 2016

Mental disorder and criminality in Canada

International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 2014

Research Classification

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Research Interests

  • History of mental illness
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