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Dr Sam McLean is a Lecturer (equivalent of Associate Professor in the US) in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, where he serves as the Deputy Chair of the Culture, Medicine and Power (CMP) research group. Sam is the module convener of the core BA module, Foundations in Social Science and Social Theory. He is a core member of the Neuroscience and Society Network. He holds a PhD in the history and philosophy of science, which was passed without corrections.


Sam’s research covers a range of connected aspects of the history and philosophy of science and medicine:

  • Memory in neuroscience and psychology
  • Addiction science and psychiatry
  • History of the passions in European culture
  • Moral psychology in the human sciences

He is currently working on two projects: the first is examining the ‘memory turn’ in addiction neurosciences and psychology over the past twenty-five years. The second is investigating the history of passion and knowledge in European thought.

Research Interests

  • History of Ideas
  • Philosophy of Science and Medicine
  • Mental Health, Policy and Society
  • Social Theory



BA Global Health & Social Medicine

PhD supervision

Sam is keen to supervise students working in the following areas:

  • History and/or philosophy of neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry
  • Addiction science and medicine
  • The passions and psychiatry
  • Memory studies (especially as it relates to mental distress)
  • Modern social and political thought

Further details

See Sam's research profile