Lynda Payne

Professor Emerita of History


Professor Lynda Payne is an historian of medicine and Britain with a particular interest in the history of gender, war, emotions, material culture, and surgery. She teaches a range of courses on early modern and modern British history, the First World War, and the history of the body and crime. She is a faculty member in the Humanities Consortium.

Dr. Payne was born in the UK. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of California Davis in 1997, and also has qualifications in social work, nursing, and respiratory therapy. She has authored two monographs: With Words and Knives: Learning Medical Dispassion in Early Modern England (2007) and The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-1788 (2017). Dr. Payne is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (FLS).

Academic Credentials

M.A., History, University of Edinburgh (1977)
Diploma in Applied Social Sciences (Social Work), University of Surrey, England (1980)
Certified Respiratory Therapist, California College for Respiratory Therapy, San Diego, California (1983)
A.S.N. (Nursing), SUNY, Albany, N.Y. Registered Nurse, State of California Active License (1985)
Ph.D., History, University of California Davis (1997)