Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

Assistant Professor in the Department of History

External address: 
114 Campus Drive, 226 Carr Building, Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-8102


I research public health and medicine in twentieth-century China from a gendered perspective, incorporating the changing life stories of men and women into my analysis of how health regulations and medical practices reflect Chinese society's principal values as well as the assumptions and political goals of state actors. 

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Irvine 2012

Barnes, NE, and Watt, JR. "The influence of war on China's modern health systems." In Medical Transitions in Twentieth-Century China, 227-243. January 1, 2014.

Barnes, NE. "Neither Donkey nor Horse: Medicine in the Struggle over China's Modernity." BULLETIN OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE 89, no. 4 (2015): 835-836. Open Access Copy

Barnes, NE. "Regulating Prostitution in China: Gender and Local Statebuilding, 1900-1937." NAN NU-MEN WOMEN AND GENDER IN CHINA 17, no. 2 (2015): 352-355. Full Text Open Access Copy

Barnes, NE. "Prosperity's Predicament: Identity, Reform, and Resistance in Rural Wartime China." JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES 73, no. 3 (August 2014): 786-787. Full Text Open Access Copy