Duncan McLean, Ph.D.

Adjunct Lecturer, School of Humanities & Social Sciences and School of International Relations & Diplomacy

Duncan Mclean holds a PhD in history from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and divides his time between humanitarian work and academia. He has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since 2002 in various capacities, including Program Manager for Nigeria, Uganda, Haiti, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan; Head of Mission in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Nepal, and Chad; and Field Coordinator in Sudan, Thailand, and Myanmar. He has also provided operational support in Pakistan and conducted research projects for MSF in Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr. Mclean lectures at both Anglo-American Univerity and Charles University with a focus on disease, colonialism, and conflict studies. He continues to work with MSF, contributing chapters on the kidnapping of aid workers in the Caucasus and the challenges of medical evacuations in recent anthologies. In 2015 he researched and drafted International Crisis Group report “The Politics Behind the Ebola Crisis”.


Labour History, Colonial History, Epidemiological History

courses taught

Plagues and Pestilence: Disease and Historical Change; Colonialism Imperialism and Empire; Conflict Studies; European/World History; Political Geography; Reporting in Conflict Zones; Critical Perspectives on Resistance; Humanitarian/Development Studies; Global Migration

School of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of International Relations & Diplomacy

publications & other activities

  • “Challenges of Instituting Effective ‘Medevac’ Policies” (from anthology: Ebola: The Politics of Fear, Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • “The Shadowy Theatre of Kidnappings: An Account of Arjan Erkel’s Rescue” (from anthology: Saving Lives and Staying Alive, Hurst & Company, 2015).
  • “The Politics Behind the Ebola Crisis”, International Crisis Group, Africa Report N°232, 28 October 2015.
  • “Ebola and Quarantine in Historical Perspective”, History Today, Vol 64, Issue 12, December 2014.