I am a historian of 20th-century France, with a special interest in cultural and gender history, and more recently in the history of health and medicine. I have published on such topics as the collaborationist press, 1940-1944, and its rehabilitation after the war; the obsessions of early to mid-twentieth-century physical culturists with masculinity, eugenics and national decline; and on aspects of the interwar radical right. I am currently working on a social and cultural history of natural health cures in early to mid 20th-century France, the cultural work of physicians, the presentation of science and medicine at the 1937 Paris world’s fair, and the emergence of self-help literature across the century.


1998. PhD in History, University of Cambridge (St John’s College)

1991. BA (Hons) History and English, with French (First class), University of Western Australia

Other Publications

2019. ‘Rhetoric, enterprise and professional authority: Dr James-Edward Ruffier and physician-writers in twentieth-century France’, History, vol. 104, no. 359, February 2019, pp. 125-148

2019. ‘Introduction’, co-authored with Catherine Kelly, in a special issue on ‘Medical doctors and persuasion’, History, vol. 104, no. 359, February 2019, pp. 5-18

2018. ‘In Search of the new man in interwar France, 1918-1939’, in Denisa Necasova et al (eds.) The New Man in the Twentieth Century, (Prague, Nakladatelstvi Lidove Noviny), pp. 75-92.

2018.The fascist new man in France, 1919-1945’, in Jorge Dagnino, Matthew Feldman and Paul Stocker, eds., The ‘New Man’ in radical right ideology and practice, 1919-1945, (London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), pp. 253-73. https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-new-man-in-radical-right-ideology-and-practice-1919-45-9781474281096/


2016. ‘Histories of medical lobbying’, with Catherine Kelly and Nick Sheron, The Lancet, vol. 388, 22 October, pp. 1976-1977. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31860-8


2014. ‘Jaque Catelain and the cultural negotiation of manhood in interwar France’, in Caroline Evans and Marketa Uhlirova (eds.), Marcel L’Herbier: Dossier, (Fashion in Film Festival, London, http://www.fashioninfilm.com/), pp. 37-46.

2013. (ed.) Memory and History: understanding memory as source and subject, (London, Routledge), including ‘Introduction: working with memory as source and subject’, pp. 1-16, and Ch. 6, ‘The contested memorial cultures of post-Liberation France, 1944-c. 1954’, pp. 107-122. https://www.routledge.com/Memory-and-History-Understanding-Memory-as-Source-and-Subject/Tumblety/p/book/9780415677127
 2013. ‘Rethinking the fascist aesthetic: mass gymnastics, political spectacle and the stadium in 1930s France’, European History Quarterly, vol. 43 (4), pp. 707-730. DOI: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.1177/0265691413496496  
 2013. Je suis partout’, chapter in Charles Forsdick and Andy Stafford (eds.), La Revue: The Twentieth-Century Revue in French, (Peter Lang), pp. 183-196.
2012. Remaking the male body: masculinity and the uses of physical culture in interwar and Vichy France,(Oxford, OUP), xiii +257. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/remaking-the-male-body-9780199695577?cc=gb&lang=en&#
2012. ‘Introduction’, to special issue, ‘Gender, Politics and the Social in Historical Perspective: Essays in Honour of Siân Reynolds’, co-authored with Jackie Clarke, Modern & Contemporary France, vol. 20, no. 4, November, pp. 397-401. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09639489.2012.720431
2009. ‘France’, chapter in Richard Bosworth, (ed.), The Fascism Handbook, (Oxford: Oxford University Press,), pp. 507-25.
2008. ‘The Soccer World Cup of 1938: Politics, Spectacles and la culture physique in inter-war France’, French Historical Studies, 31, 1, pp. 77-116. https://doi.org/10.1215/00161071-2007-016
2007. « La Coupe du Monde de football de 1938 en France: émergence du sport-spectacle et indifférence de l’État », Vingtième Siècle, 93, janvier-mars, pp. 139-49. https://www.cairn.info/article.php?ID_ARTICLE=VING_093_0139
2007. ‘France, 1914-45’, in Robert Gerwarth, (ed.), Twisted Paths: Europe 1914-1945, (Oxford, Oxford University Press), pp. 111-35.
2006. ‘Introduction’ to special issue on ‘Spaces and Places’, co-authored with Jackie Clarke, French History, 20,  4, pp. 365-368.  https://doi.org/10.1093/fh/crl024
2003. ‘Responses to women’s enfranchisement in France, 1944-1945’, Women’s Studies International Forum, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 483-497. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2003.08.005
2003. ‘Gender, women and the Occupation of France, 1940-1944’, 1, History Compass, pp. 1-4 DOI: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/1478-0542.037
2000. ‘“Civil wars of the mind”: the commemoration of the 1789 Revolution in the Parisian press of the Radical Right, 1939’, European History Quarterly, vol. 30, 2000, 389-429. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/026569140003000301
1999. ‘Revenge of the fascist knights: masculine identities in Je suis partout, 1940-1944’, Modern and Contemporary France, vol. 7, 11-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/09639489908456466
1999. ‘Contested histories: Jeanne d’Arc and the Front National’, The European Legacy, vol. 4, 8-25.
1997. ‘Obedient daughters of Marianne: discourses of patriotism and maternity in the French women’s resistance press during the Second World War’, Women’s History Notebooks, vol. 4, pp. 1-6.


My current monograph project explores the history of natural health cures in early to mid-century France. I am also liaising with other scholars on projects on medical doctors and persuasion, and on the relationship between masculinity and politics.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

8-9 July 2019. ‘”Hitler’s lawyer”: the Franco-German youth camp of Marcel Ribardiere, 1937’, paper to be delivered at the annual conference for the Society for the Study of French History, University of Leeds

18 January 2019. ‘Napoleon III: ambition, exile and the English’, Annual Local History lecture, Hampshire Field Club, Hampshire Record Office, 7.30pm.

29 October 2018. ‘The Cult of Napoleon in modern France’, Bournemouth Historical Association, 7.30pm.

2 October 2018. Chair, CHLS workshop on ‘Doctors and Persuasion’ organised by Dr Catherine Kelly, University of Bristol Law School, Lady Hale Moot Court, 8-10 Berkeley Square, 3.00-5.30pm. http://www.bristol.ac.uk/law/events/2018/chls-workshop-doctors-and-persuasion.html




Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Member of the Association for the Study of Modern & Contemporary France (ASMCF)

Member of the Society for the Study of French History (SSFH)

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