Associate Professor of History, Virginia Tech
Dr. Heaton’s research expertise is in the history of psychiatry with particular emphasis on issues of race, colonialism, and globalization in Africa. He has published several books and journal articles on the history of health, illness, and disease in Africa, as well as a recent book on the history of psychiatry in twentieth century Nigeria.
Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2013.
Health Knowledge and Belief Systems in Africa. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2008. (co-edited and provided introduction with Toyin Falola)
HIV, Illness and African Well-Being. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2007. (co-edited and provided introduction with Toyin Falola)
“Contingencies of Colonial Psychiatry: Migration, Mental Illness, and the Repatriation of Nigerian ‘Lunatics’,” Social History of Medicine 27, no.1. (2014): 41-63.
“Aliens in the Asylum: Immigration and Madness in Gold Coast,” Journal of African History, 54, no.3 (2013): 373-91.