Madeleine Mant

Assistant Professor


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Research Keywords: Anthropology of health, paleopathology, bioarchaeology, medical history, institutions, illness naratives, public health 

Research Region: North Atlantic, North America, Europe, United Kingdom


Dr. Mant's research focuses on the biocultural examination of health inequities in marginalized and institutionalized human groups through time, through the integration of bioanthropological, archival, and survey/interview datasets. She has a particular interest in trauma and infectious disease. Current work includes investigating children's morbidity in 18th-century British hospitals, highlighting health experiences in 19th-century prison and poorhouse records, and a longitudinal study of young adult experiences and vaccine confidence during the COVID-19 pandemic.


McMaster University, 2016


Peer-Reviewed Articles

2021 Mant, M., Aslemand, A., Prine, A, & Holland, A. University students’ perspectives and hesitancy regarding the COVID-19 vaccine: a multi-methods study. PLoS ONE


2021 Mant, M., Holland, A., & Prine, A. Canadian university students’ perceptions of COVID-19 severity, susceptibility, and health behaviours during the early pandemic period. Public Health in Practice. 2: 100114.


2021 Mant, M., de la Cova, C., & Brickley, M.B. Intersectionality and trauma analysis in bioarchaeology. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 174(4): 583-594.


Selected as Editor’s Choice for the April 2021 issue.

2020 Mant, M. Inpatients at the St. John’s General Hospital: Morbidity in late 19th-century Newfoundland and Labrador. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History. 37(2): 360-394.


2020  Mant, M. & Prine, A. Medicine by correspondence in Newfoundland and Labrador, 1911. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 192:E612-3.


2020 Morgan, B., Mant, M., de la Cova, C., & Brickley, M. Osteoporosis, osteomalacia, and hip fracture: a case study from the Terry Collection. International Journal of Paleopathology. 30: 17-21.


2020  Mant, M. For those in peril on and off the sea: Merchant marine bodies in 19th-century St. John’s, Newfoundland. International Journal of Maritime History. 32(1): 23-44.


2019  Mant, M., de la Cova, C., Ives, R., & Brickley, M.B. Perimortem fracture manifestations and mortality after hip fracture in a documented skeletal series. International Journal of Paleopathology. 27: 56-65.


2019 Mant, M. Time after time: Individuals with multiple fractures and injury recidivists in long eighteenth-century (c. 1666-1837) London. International Journal of Palaeopathology 24: 7-18. 


2018 Mant, M. Children in the London: Inpatient care in a voluntary general hospital. Medical History. 62(3) 295-313.


2018 Mant, M. ‘A little time woud compleat the Cure’: Broken bones and fracture experiences of the working poor in London’s general hospitals during the long eighteenth century. Social History of Medicine.


2017 Ives, R., Mant, M., de la Cova, C., & Brickley, M. (2017). A large-scale palaeopathological study of hip fractures from post-medieval urban England. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 27: 261-275.


2016  Lockau, L., Gilmour, R., Menard, J.-P., Balakrishnan, N., Dragomir, A.-M., Mant, M., Watamaniuk, L., & Brickley, M. (2016). “Buck and Ball”: Identification and interpretation of buckshot injuries to the pelvis from the War of 1812. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 6: 424-433. 


2016 Mant, M., Nagel, A., & Prowse, T. Investigating residential history using stable hydrogen and oxygen isotopes of human hair and drinking water. Journal of Forensic Sciences 61(4): 884-891.


2015 Mant, M., & Roberts, C. Diet and dental caries in post-medieval London. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 19: 188-207.


2013 Lockau, L., Dragomir, A-M., Gilmour, R., Mant, M., & Brickley, M. (2013). Bioarchaeological investigation of sharp force injuries to the ribs and lower leg from the battle of Stoney Creek in the War of 1812. Anthropological Science 121: 217-227. 


2013 Mant, M. Palaeopathology of human remains at ancient Mendes (Tell er-Rub’a), Egypt. Bioarchaeology of the Near East 8: 1-27.


2012 Mant, M., & Lovell, N. Individual and group identity in WWII commemorative sites. Mortality 17: 18-35.


Book Chapters

2021 Mant, M. Introduction: “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.” In Mant, M. & Mounsey, C. The History and Bioethics of Medical Education: “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.” Routledge.


2020 Mant, M. (2020). Violence and the marked body: (in)visible trauma in London during the long eighteenth century. In Mounsey, C. & Booth, S. Bodies of Information: Reading the Variable Body from Roman Britain to Hip Hop (pp. 91-108). Routledge.


2016  Mant, M. (2016). ‘Readmitted under urgent circumstance’: uniting archives and bioarchaeology at the Royal London Hospital. In Mant, M. & Holland, A. (Eds.), Beyond the Bones: Engaging with Disparate Datasets (pp. 37-59). San Diego: Elsevier Academic Press.


Edited Volumes

2021 Mant, M. & Mounsey, C. (Eds.) The History and Bioethics of Medical Education: “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.” Routledge.


2019 Mant, M. & Holland, A. (Eds.). (2019). Bioarchaeology of Marginalized People. Elsevier Academic Press.


2016 Mant, M. & Holland, A. (Eds.). (2016). Beyond the Bones: Engaging with Disparate Datasets. Elsevier Academic Press.