Nicole Barnes

Nicole Barnes

Assistant Professor of History

-- Duke University
HWL Affiliation: Undergraduate Research, Bridge Appointment
Years Funded: 2014 to 2016

Nicole Barnes believes that medical practices and beliefs reflect a human society's principal values and worldview. In a similar manner, public health regulations illustrate the assumptions and goals of the state. Her research investigates medicine and public health to measure social values, state-society relations, and political priorities in twentieth-century China. Her current manuscript launches this investigation in during the War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945) when gender roles and expectations of both men and women were rapidly changing. Dramatic changes in health policy and practice during this period reflect the sea changes in Chinese society that shaped twentieth century China in fundamental ways.

Nicole's Duke faculty mentor is Professor Sumathi Ramaswamy.


Chinese Public Health Posters - National Library of Medicine Archival Research
Undergraduate Research


Chinese Medicine Class Research Trip to Washington, D.C.
Chinese Medicine Class Research Trip to Washington, D.C.
-- Mar 23 2015
Nicole Barnes' freshman seminar, Chinese Medical Beliefs and Practices, recently made a trip to the National Library of Medicine in Washington, D.C. "The students consulted the library's collections... Read More