Associate Professor of History
Modern Europe, Medicine
Katrin Schultheiss specializes in modern European history, with an emphasis on the history of France, women’s history, and the history of medicine. Her first book, Bodies and Souls: Politics and the Professionalization of Nursing in France, 1880-1922, used nursing as a lens through which to examine the evolution of gendered definitions of citizenship. Currently, she is writing a cultural biography of the Charcots, a prominent French family whose members included one of Freud’s first mentors, France's best-known modern polar explorer, and several generations of women artists. This book focuses on the relationship between art and science in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Schultheiss established and directed the nation's first Model World Conference on Women's and Girls' Rights, a biannual program that brought UIC students together with underserved high school students in the Chicago area. She has taught courses on the history of nineteenth and twentieth century Europe, the history of medicine in the West, the history of feminism, and the comparative history of gender and the state in Europe and the U.S.