Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

Assistant Professor 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, Irvine 2012

Barnes, Nicole Elizabeth. Intimate Communities Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945. University of California Press, 2018. Open Access Copy

Barnes, N. E., and J. R. Watt. “The influence of war on China's modern health systems.” Medical Transitions in Twentieth-Century China, 2014, pp. 227–43.

Barnes, Nicole Elizabeth. “China’s War with Japan 1937–1945: The Struggle for Survival, by Rana Mitter. London: Allen Lane, 2013. xxii+458 pp. £25.00 (cloth), £14.99 (eBook).The China Journal, vol. 75, University of Chicago Press, Jan. 2016, pp. 128–30. Crossref, doi:10.1086/683519. Full Text Open Access Copy

Barnes, Nicole Elizabeth. “Regulating Prostitution in China: Gender and Local Statebuilding, 1900–1937. written by Elizabeth J. Remick, 2014.” Nan Nü, vol. 17, no. 2, Brill, Mar. 2015, pp. 352–55. Crossref, doi:10.1163/15685268-00172p15. Full Text Open Access Copy

Barnes, Nicole Elizabeth. “Neither Donkey nor Horse: Medicine in the Struggle over China’s Modernity by Sean Hsiang-Lin Lei.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 89, no. 4, Project Muse, 2015, pp. 835–36. Crossref, doi:10.1353/bhm.2015.0117. Full Text Open Access Copy

Barnes, Nicole Elizabeth. “Prosperity's Predicament: Identity, Reform, and Resistance in Rural Wartime China. By Isabel Brown Crook Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013. xxiv, 301 pp. $85.00 (cloth).The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 73, no. 3, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Aug. 2014, pp. 786–87. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s002191181400059x. Full Text Open Access Copy