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.
- A post on Nursing Clio explains how the insinuation of the 1964 Republican presidential nominee was mentally unstable has ramifications for 2016. Read more
- https://theconversation.com/memo-steve-price-how-hysteria-has-been-used-to-degrade-and-control-women-62604 Read more
- A review of Lamaze: An International History from French historian of medicine and president of the Société d’Histoire de la Naissance, Marie-France Morel: http://www.laviedesidees.fr/L-accouchement-une-longue-histoire.html Read more
- Writing for the Oxford University Press Blog, Paula Michaels reflects on Elisabeth Bing’s life, her impact on American maternity care, and the challenges ahead: http://blog.oup.com/2015/06/elisabeth-bing-american-revolution-birth Read more
- Rutgers University historian Janet Golden interviews Paula Michaels about the history of the Lamaze method for the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s medicine and health blog, “The Public’s Health”: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/public_health/The-politics-of-childbirth-An-interview-with-Paula-Michaels.html Read more
- Writing in Nursing Clio, Michaels seeks to generate conversation about the ACA’s impact on women’s health care beyond the controversial contraceptive mandate. Is the implementation ... Read more
- Lamaze: An International History has been shortlisted for the General History Prize of the NSW Premier’s History Award. The citation reads: “This exceptionally fine book ... Read more