Dr Alexander Cameron-Smith

Dr Alexander Cameron-Smith, an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, is a medical historian with interests in race, colonialism, colonial and tropical medicine, transnational connections, Australian history, international organisations, public, social and post colonial health, health and rights, and history and philosophy of Science. His Honors thesis was on “Strange Bodies and Familiar Spaces: W.J.R. Simpson and the threat of disease in Calcutta and the Tropical City 1880–1910,” while his Doctoral thesis, conferred in 2011, was entitled, “Doctor Across Borders: Raphael Cilento and Public Health from Empire to the United Nations.”

Dr. Cameron-Smith has published his original research and book reviews in academic journals including the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Social History of Medicine, and Australian Historical Studies.


  • “Race, Medicine, and Colonial Rule in the Mandated Territory of New Guinea,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Vol. 30, No. 2 (2013): 47–67.
  • Review of: Katherine Foxhall, Health, Medicine and the Sea: Australian Voyages, c.1815–1816, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012),” Social History of Medicine, Volume 26, Issue 3, (1 August 2013): 575–576.
  • “Australian Imperialism and International Health in the Pacific Islands,” Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 41, No. 1 (2010): 57–74.


  • PhD (History) University of Sydney (2011)
  • BA (Hons I) (History and Philosophy) University of Sydney (2007)
  • Bachelor of Science (Advanced Biology) University of Sydney (2007)