Guest writers

Rob Boddice is Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter in the Department of History and Cultural Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and a Research Associate of the Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development. He is the author or editor of five books, most recently Pain and Emotion in Modern History (as editor) (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2014), Edward Jenner (Stroud: History Press, 2015), and The Science of Sympathy: Morality, Evolution and Victorian Civilization (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, in press). His next book, Pain: A Very Short Introduction will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Boddice holds a Ph.D in History from the University of York (2006).

Juliane Brauer is Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Centre for the History of Emotions, Berlin. She studied Modern History and Musicology at Humboldt University and the University of Bielefeld. In 2007 she completed her PhD in History at the Free University of Berlin on Music in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. In 2012 she had a temporary professorship of Modern History and Didactics of History at the Department of History, University of Erfurt. She is currently working on her habilitation project, Youth, Music and the Cultivation of Feelings in a Divided Germany. Her other research interests include the history of education and practices of remembrance.

Alexandra Esche is currently studying for an M.A. in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century History [Geschichte des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts] at the Free University in Berlin, with a focus on the German völkisch movement of the late Kaiserreich and the development of anti-Semitism in England and Germany. She has been involved with the Raising Hope project for over a year.

Leticia Fernández-Fontecha holds a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship in the history of childhood at the University of Greenwich. Her PhD thesis, provisionally entitled “Pain, Childhood and Emotions: A Cultural History” aims to contribute to the history of “harmful experience” (Moscoso, 2012), through the study of pain in childhood and its transformations in Britain, within the framework of the study of emotions. It explores the physical, emotional, and performative dimensions of pain from a cultural perspective in order to determine the relationship between the experience of pain in childhood and the social perception of those emotions. Her main interests are the history of medicine, the history of childhood, and the history of pain and emotions.

Michele Haapamäki was educated at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and McMaster University, Hamilton, where she obtained her PhD in modern British History. She writes on contemporary and historical aspects of war and society and is the author of The Coming of the Aerial War: Culture and the Fear of Airborne Attack in Inter-War Britain.

Joseph James is an MA student in History and Development Studies at McGill University. He has been a research assistant on the Raising Hope project for almost a year.

Hugh Morrison is Senior Lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he teaches courses on social science curriculum, children’s and young people’s history, and education history. His research focuses are: New Zealand mission and religious history; religious historiography; and histories of childhood and religion. At present he is co-editing and writing for a book on British world religious childhoods with Mary Clare Martin. The author of numerous articles and chapters, he has also recently co-edited: The Spirit of the Past: Essays on Christianity in New Zealand History (Victoria University Press, 2011), and Mana Māori and Christianity (Huia Publishers, 2012). In 2016 Otago University Press will publish his monograph, From Colonial to Global Citizens?: New Zealand Protestants and overseas missions 1827-1939.

Lydia Murdoch is Professor of History at Vassar College. She is the author of Daily Life of Victorian Women (Greenwood Press, 2014) and Imagined Orphans: Poor Families, Child Welfare, and Contested Citizenship in London (Rutgers University Press, 2006), a cultural and social history of children in poor law schools and Dr. Barnardo’s institutions. Her current book project is titled Called by Death: Child Mortality and the Politics of Grief in Nineteenth-Century England, and she has started work on a new study of the cultural and medical uses of children in early campaigns against smallpox.

Ishita Pande is Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies at Queen’s University and the author of Medicine, Race and Liberalism in British Bengal: Symptoms of Empire (2010). Her essays on childhood have appeared in the Journal of the History of Childhood and YouthSouth Asian History and Culture and History Compass. ‘Coming of Age: Law, Sex and Childhood in Late Colonial India,Gender and History (April 2012) was awarded the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth’s prize for best article in 2012. She is currently at work on a monograph that traces the place of ‘the child’ in ideologies of development.

Jesse Thistle is Métis-Cree from Saskatchewan and a master’s student in history at the University of Waterloo. He researches trauma and memory within populations of Métis and Cree in Northern Saskatchewan. His work is directed towards community healing and cultural reclamation as well as retrieval of oral history archives, challenging orthodox settler histories in the narrative of Turtle Island. Jesse sits as the National Representative for Aboriginal Homelessness in Canada for the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and he has published in numerous academic journals, magazines, and books, and has worked on a few short documentaries. The focus of his research and writings remains centered on his lived experiences, offering insight into Indigenous homelessness, Indigenous history and intergenerational trauma, crime and prison complexes, social work, and addiction studies.

Karen Vallgårda is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Copenhagen. Her current research focuses on divorce, childhood, emotions, and the making of social hierarchies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her publications include Imperial Childhoods and Christian Mission. Education and Emotions in South India and Denmark (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) as well as articles on topics such as childhood, colonialism, gender, race, divorce, and emotions.

Alice Violett is currently in her second year of a PhD at the University of Essex on the Public Perceptions and Personal Experiences of Only Children, c. 1850-1950. She blogs about her research and student life at

Kathleen Vongsathorn is Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Warwick.   She was previously postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her research interests centre on the history of mission medicine in twentieth-century Uganda, and in particular on leprosy and maternal and infant health. Her recent publications include articles and chapters in edited volumes on the motivations of leprosy humanitarianism; the cooperation between missionaries and the colonial government over medical mission; and shifting perceptions of leprosy in colonial Uganda.

Carlos Zúñiga Nieto completed his PhD in History at Columbia University. His dissertation entitled, “Violent Passions: Childhood and Crime in the Making of Modern Mexico, 1870-1910,” analyzes the transition from the sentimental ideology of childhood innocence to scientific definitions of childhood in Mexico City and the Yucatán Peninsula. His research interests include the history of childhood and youth, history of emotions, and gender and family history. He is currently writing an article on the cultivation of emotions in Mexico City and Mérida’s children’s magazines and periodicals during the anti-colonial rebellions against Spain in Cuba and Yucatán during The Ten Years’ War (1868-1878).


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