Nicole E. Barnes, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of History and Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute of Duke Global Health Institute

Nicole E. Barnes

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. 

Office Location:  114 Campus Drive, 226 Classroom Building, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3014
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2021):

Teaching (Spring 2022):

Office Hours:

Wednesday 2-4 pm & by appointment

Ph.D.University of California - Irvine2012
Dual MAUniversity of Colorado at Boulder2004
BALewis and Clark College1998
Recent Publications

  1. Barnes, NE, Intimate Communities Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945 (October, 2018), pp. 324 pages, University of California Press, ISBN 0520300467  [abs]
  2. Barnes, NE, 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 (January, 2016), pp. 128-130, University of Chicago Press [doi]
  3. Barnes, NE, Regulating Prostitution in China: Gender and Local Statebuilding, 1900–1937. written by Elizabeth J. Remick, 2014, Nan Nü, vol. 17 no. 2 (March, 2015), pp. 352-355, Brill [doi]
  4. Barnes, NE, 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 (2015), pp. 835-836, Project Muse, ISSN 0007-5140 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  5. Barnes, NE, 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 (August, 2014), pp. 786-787, Cambridge University Press (CUP), ISSN 0021-9118 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]