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Dr. Mat Savelli

Mat Savelli
Department of Health, Aging and Society, Kenneth Taylor Hall – 230
905-525-9140 ext. 24166
Wednesdays 11:30am-12:30pm

Dr. Mat Savelli happily joined the Arts & Science Program in 2016 to co-teach the Level I Inquiry course with Dr. Beth Marquis. He teaches ARTSSCI 3CU3 / Alumni Experience Inquiry and continues to co-teach ARTSSCI 1C03 / Inquiry: Global Challenges. He also teaches a number of courses in the Department of Health, Aging, and Society on the subjects of mental health, disability, and health studies, and regularly supervises students’ independent study projects and theses.

Dr. Savelli received an Honours BA in History and French at McMaster before moving to the University of Oxford for an MSc in Russian and East European Studies and a DPhil in the History of Medicine. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Social History of MedicineSlavonic and East European Studies, and BMJ: Tobacco Control. He has also co-edited Psychiatry in Communist Europe (Palgrave, 2015) and Health & Society: Critical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2016). Although trained primarily as a medical historian, Dr. Savelli pursues research that covers a wide variety of topics, including the history of psychiatry in Eastern Europe, the global advertising of psychiatric medications, and corporate strategies employed in cigarette packaging. At its heart, his work examines how ideas of normality/abnormality and health/illness are constructed across time and place.

See Dr. Savelli’s article in the Hamilton Spectator — “‘Creating Efficiencies,’ Sacrificing Human Dignity”— here.