Associate Professor Paula Michaels

Paula Michaels’ research and teaching focuses on twentieth-century world history. Her work bridges the histories of Eastern and Western Europe, integrating the USSR into a pan-European and global narrative through the study of social and cultural history.  Her teaching is also part of Monash University’s International Studies program.

Michaels studies the history of medicine, and is especially interested in the ways that medicine is mobilised to further political and social objectives. She is currently researching the gendered history of psychological trauma, from hysteria to PTSD.

In 2017, Michaels was elected Vice President/President-Elect of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. She also serves on committees for the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Western Association of Women Historians.