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Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

visiting assistant professor

Nicole Barnes

Office: Stokes Hall, Room S359


Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2012

Fields of Interest

Modern China; history of medicine and public health; gender; social history of war; world and comparative history

Academic Profile

Professor Barnes completed her PhD in 2012 and is currently working on a book manuscript, Protecting the National Body: Medicine and Public Health in Wartime Chongqing, 1937-1945. This work examines public health administration of the Nationalist state during China’s War of Resistance against Japan, and demonstrates that China was at the center of a global public health movement during the war years. Meanwhile, the needs of a population at war increased social expectations of women in ways that both offered new opportunities and strengthened gendered conventions.

As a Visiting Professor at Boston College this year, Professor Barnes teaches East Asian society, culture, and gender, as well as the history of medicine in China.

Representative Publications

“Disease in the Capital: Nationalist Health Services and the ‘Sick (Wo)man of East Asia’ in Wartime Chongqing,” European Journal of East Asian Studies 11.2 (December 2012): 283-303.

《贝医生:一位美国医学传教士在重庆》(Dr. Basil: An American Medical Missionary in Chongqing), in Cultural Foundations: Historical Materials of Nan’an District, Chongqing (开埠文化专辑:重庆市南岸区历史文化系列丛书) (Chongqing: Nan’an Zhengxie Publishing House, 2011): 255-261.