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Richard Bates

Teaching Associate, Faculty of Arts



I am a Teaching Associate specialising in modern French history (1789-2000) and nineteenth-century British history. I have particular expertise in the history of psychoanalysis, the history of nursing, the history of autism, and more generally in the history of medicine and psychology.

My monograph Psychoanalysis and the Family in Twentieth-Century France is published with Manchester University Press in 2022.

From 2018-21 I worked as a postdoctoral research fellow on an AHRC project on Florence Nightingale, which resulted in a co-authored book published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2020 and an exhibition.

I have published articles in the Journal of Political Ideologies, the Journal of Medical Humanities, the European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health and Nottingham French Studies. I have forthcoming articles in Women's History Review and European History Quarterly. I have also published popular pieces in The Independent, The Conversation, and The Historian magazine among others.

I have previously taught at Université Paris 7 and in Berlin.

Expertise Summary

- The political, social, and intellectual history of France in the twentieth century.

- The history of psychoanalysis and its cultural impact, especially in France.

- The history of nursing, especially Florence Nightingale.

- The history of autism.

- The histories of medicine and health, psychology/psychiatry, and pharmacology.

- Nineteenth-century British social and political history.

- The history of childhood and the family.

Teaching Summary

In 2021-22 I am convening the MA Research Methods module and teaching on three Year 1 modules (Contemporary World, Roads to Modernity, and Learning History).

Previously I have taught on Y2/Y3 modules on the history of drugs and medicines and on France during World War II, as well as several modules for the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures including 'France: History & Identity' and 'Contemporary France'. I have also taught at Université Paris VII.

Selected Publications

Department of History

University of Nottingham
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