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 finishing a book entitled Edge of Reason: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Age of Charcot, which looks at the French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot's work on hysteria and hypnosis as well as themes of art and religion in late nineteenth-century France. She teaches courses on nineteenth and twentieth century European history, the history of medicine in the West, European women's history, and the history of modern France. She is currently a member of the GW Faculty Senate and is particularly interested in how new artificial intelligence tools affect the future of the humanities.