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Undergraduate and MA Teaching

Woman and Skull

I teach courses in modern British and American history, including a survey course on British History from 1750, and more specialised courses on Literature and Film between 1914 and 1945, Gender in Modern Britain, the Cultural History of Modern Warfare, and Cultures of Violence.

MA in the History of Medicine

We have a dynamic MA programme in the History of Medicine: Minds, Bodies and Cultures. For more information, see here.

Postgraduate Teaching

I am interested in supervising PhD students engaged in research in the social history of modern Britain, Ireland, America, Australia, and New Zealand. Students with an interest in the history of gender (masculinity as well as femininity), modern warfare, sexual violence, the emotions, the body,  medicine, pain, history of medicine and the medical humanities, and human/animal relations are welcomed. From 2018, I will be Principal Investigator on a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award on "Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Science". There will be 2 PhD scholarships and 3 postdoctoral fellowships appointed on this project. I welcome applicants researching sexual violence in any geographical region of the world.

Recent and current PhD students conduct research on the following topics:

  • Pain, Emotion, Self, and Insanity, 1880-1930
  • LGBT people in Fascist Italy
  • Male heterosexuality in C20 Britain
  • Civilian neuroses during the Second World War
  • British Prisoners of War during the Second World War
  • British atrocities in the First World War
  • Irish femininity and nationalism, 1890-1923
  • Gender in asylums, 1890-1914
  • The (first) Gulf War in relation to the war in Vietnam
  • Religion and spirituality in the trenches, 1914-18
  • The British Labour Party and the establishment of the Irish Free State
  • War reporters during the Vietnam War
  • Psychopathy 1860s to 1960s
  • Emotional interactions between male family members in World War One
  • The contribution of African and Caribbean troops to the First World War
  • Marion Post, the (US) New Deal Photographer
  • Intellectual disabilities in C18-19
  • The history of fatigue

 

Since 2000, the following students of mine (sole supervisor in all cases, unless indicated) have been awarded PhDs:

 

19. Steffan Blayney, "Health & Efficiency: Fatigue, the Science of Work, and the Working Body in Britain, c. 1870-1939", 2017

18. Neil Penlington, "Men and Marriage in England 1918-60: Consent, Celebration and Consummation", 2017

17. Jane Crellin, "Marion Post: New Deal Photographer and Radical Egalitarian, 1938-1941", 2017 (co-supervised with Professor John Howards, KCL), MPhil

16. Simon Jarrett, "The Road to Dr Down's Idiot Asylum: The Creation of the Idea of Intellectual Disability, 1700-1867", 2016

15. Hazel Croft, “War Neurosis and Civilian Mental Health in Britain during the Second World War”, 2016

14. Janet Weston, "Curing Sexual Deviance: Medical Approaches to Sexual Offenders in England, 1919-1959", 2015

13. Clare Makepeace, “’A Pseudo-Soldier’s Cross’”: The Subjectivities of British POWs Held in Germany and Italy During the Second World War”, 2013

12. Ashleigh Melvin, “The Other World: Religion and the Western Front during the Great War”, 2013

11. Maryam Philpott, “The Experience of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Navy in the Great War”, 2013

10. Alena Marie Papayanis, “The Renegotiation of America: Gender, National Identity and the Gulf War”, 2012

9. Louise Hide, “Inside the Asylum: Gender and Class in English Mental Hospitals, 1890-1914”, 2011

8. Cormac Deane, "The Frame of Exception: US Film and TV Featuring Terrorism 1990-2010", 2010 (co-supervised with Professor Costas Douzinas)

7. Jane McGaughey, “Irish Masculinities in Ulster, 1890-1922”, 2008

6. Paul Hodges, “British Atrocities During the First World War”, 2005

5. Carmen Mangion, “Catholic Women Religious in C19 England and Wales”, 2004

4. Ivan Gibbons, “Irish Nationalism and the British Labour Party”, 2004

3. Sean Brady, “Homosexual Identities in C19 Britain”, 2003

2. Jim MacPherson, “Irish Women and Nationalism, 1890-1922”, 2003

1. Brian Green, “Social Change and Social Reform in Southwark and Bermonsey”, 2000

 

Since 2000, I have been the external examiners for the following PhDs:

 

25. Emma J. Purce, "Freak Shows at British Seaside Resorts 1900-1950", University of Kent, 2017

24. Hannah Rose Woods, "Anxiety and Urban Life in Late Victorian and Edwardian Culture, 1880-1914", Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, 2017

23. Ryan Ross, “Accidents and their Medico-Legal Sequelae in Twentieth Century Britain: Time, Trauma, and Writing History”, University of Queen Mary, 2017

22. Michael Robinson, “Nobody’s Children: Shell Shock and Rehabilitation in Ireland, 1914-1938”, University of Liverpool, 2017

21. Kylie Galbraith, From Our Correspondent: The British Press and Nazi Germany, 1933-1939", University of Adelaide, 2017

20. Scott King, "Rationality Under Fire: The Incorporation of Emotion into Rational Choice", University of Sussex, 2014

19. Giulia ní Dhulchaointigh, “Irish People in London, 1900-1914”, Trinity College Dublin, 2013

18. Sarah Chaney, “Self-Mutilation and Psychiatry: Impulse, Identity, and the Unconscious in British Explanations of Self-Inflicted Injury, c. 1864-1914”, University College London, 2013

17. Greg J. Tinker, "The Cultural Memory of the Second World War: D-Day Veterans and Commemoration in Britain", University of Reading, 2013

16. Victoria Louise Bates, "Not an Exact Science: Medical Approaches to Age and Sexual Offences in England, 1850-1914", University of Exeter, 2013

15. David Bruce Cherry, “Sex and Morale: The Sexual Life of the British Soldier on the Western Front, 1914-1918”, University of Reading, 2012

14. Spiros Tsoutsoumpis, “Irregular Warfare in Occupied Greece: Masculinity and Morale in the S.O.E. and the Greek resistance”, University of Manchester, 2012

13. Clare Elizabeth Rhoden, “The Purpose of Futility: Leadership in Australian Great War Narrative”, University of Melbourne, 2011

12. Amanda Kaladelfos, “Crime and Outrage: Sexual Villains and Sexual Violence in New South Wales, 1870-1930”, University of Sydney, 2010

11. Marian Elizabeth Allsopp, “Invisible Wounds: A Genealogy of Emotional Abuse and Other Psychic Harms”, London School of Economics, 2009

10. Lisa Godson, “The Design of Public Events in the Irish Free State 1922-1929”, Royal College of Art, 2008

9. Anurag Jain, “Relations Between Ford, Kipling, Conan Doyle, Wells and British Propaganda During the First World War”, Queen Mary, University of London, 2008

8. Jane Tynan, “Representations of Soldiering, British Army Uniform, and the Male Body During the First World War”, University of the Arts, 2008

7. Susan Aspinall, “Nurture as Well as Nature: Environmentalism in Representations of Women and Exercise in Britain, 1880-1920s”, University of Warwick, 2008

6. Stuart James Hogarth, “Reluctant Patients: Health, Sickness and Plebeian Masculinity in C19 Britain”, London Metropolitan University, 2008

5. Rachel Sarah Duffett, “A War Unimagined: Food and the Rank and File Soldiers of the First World War”, University of Essex, 2008

4. Elizabeth Roberts, “Freedom, Faction, Fame, and Blood: British ‘Soldiers of Conscience’ in Three European Wars”, University of Sydney, 2007

3. Gabriel Koureas, “Unconquerable Manhood: Memory, Masculinity, and the Commemoration of the First World War in British Visual Culture, 1914-030”, Birkbeck (History of Art), 2004

2. Stephen Andrew Ball, “Policing the Land War”, Goldsmiths College, 2000

1. Rose Lindsey, “Nationalism and Gender: A Study of War-Related Violence Against Women”, University of Southampton, 2000

Contact details

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27 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DQ

Email: j.bourke@bbk.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)207 631 6269