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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, Women's History Review, the Journal of Medical Humanities, the European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health and Nottingham French Studies. 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

I teach on the following modules:

MA: Research Methods in History (convenor)

Y3: The Agony & the Ecstasy: Drugs for Pleasure and Pain

Y2: France and its Empire 1815-1914 (convenor)

Y1: The Contemporary World Since 1945

Roads to Modernity 1800-1945

Learning History

Previously I have taught a module on France 1940-44, as well as several modules for the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures including 'France: History & Identity' and 'Contemporary France'. I previously taught at Université Paris VII.

Selected Publications

Department of History

University of Nottingham
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