Rob Boddice, BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FRHistS
Citizenship: Canadian; British.
2020- Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence for the History of Experiences,
University of Tampere: Senior Researcher.
2002-5 Ph.D in History, University of York: ‘Beastly Pleasures: Blood Sports in England, c.1776-1876’.
2001-2 MA in Modern History (History and Culture), University of York (with Distinction).
1996-9 BA (Hons) in History, University of York.
Knowing Pain: A History of Sensation, Emotion and Experience (under contract, Cambridge:
(editor) Scientific and Medical Knowledge Production, 1796-1918: Experiment, Expertise,
Experience, 4 volumes (under contract, New York: Routledge, 2023).
(editor, with Bettina Hitzer) Feeling Dis-Ease in Modern History: Experiencing Medicine and
Illness (London: Bloomsbury, 2022).
Humane Professions: The Defence of Experimental Medicine, 1876-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2021).
(with Mark Smith) Emotion, Sense, Experience (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).
A History of Feelings (London: Reaktion, 2019). Translations in German (2020, WBG), Korean
(Jin Sung, forthcoming), simplified Chinese (Shanghai Educational Publishing, forthcoming),
Finnish (Vastapaino, forthcoming).
The History of Emotions (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018).
Pain: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017). Translation forthcoming
in Japanese (2021, Taishukan Publishing) and simplified Chinese (Foreign Language Teaching &
Research Publishing, 2022).
The Science of Sympathy: Morality, Evolution and Victorian Civilization (Urbana-Champaign:
University of Illinois Press, 2016).
Edward Jenner (Stroud: The History Press, 2015).
(editor) Pain and Emotion in Modern History (Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).
(editor) Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals, Environments (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011).
A History of Attitudes and Behaviours toward Animals in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century
Britain: Anthropocentrism and the Emergence of Animals (foreword by Boria Sax; Lewiston, N.Y.:
Journal Special Issues
(as guest editor), ‘The History of Emotions’, Emotion Review, 12 (2020).
Articles and Book Chapters
‘The Subject’, New Cambridge History of Britain, vol. 4, ed. Lara Kriegel (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, forthcoming, 2025).
‘Pain’ and ‘Afterword’, Routledge History of Emotion in the Modern World, eds Katie Barclay and
Peter Stearns (London: Routledge, forthcoming, 2021).
‘Experiences’, A Cultural History of Medicine, vol. 5, ed. Jonathan Reinarz (London: Bloomsbury,
‘History Looks Forward: Interdisciplinarity and Critical Emotion Research’, Emotion Review, 12
‘Medicine, Science and Psychology’, Sources for the History of Emotions: A Guide, eds Katie
Barclay, Sharon Crozier-de-Rosa, Peter Stearns (London: Routledge, 2020).
‘The Cultural Brain as Historical Artifact’, Culture, Mind and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Models,
Applications, eds. Laurence Kirmayer, Carol Worthman, Shinobu Katayama, Rob Lemelson and
Constance Cummings (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).
‘From the Ashes, a Fertile Opportunity for Historicism: A Response to Ruth Leys’, review
symposium on Ruth Leys’ Ascent of Affect, in History of the Human Sciences, 33 (2020).
‘Hysteria or Tetanus? Ambivalent Embodiments and the Authenticity of Pain’, Emotional Bodies:
Studies on the Historical Performativity of Emotions, eds. Dolores Martin Moruno and Beatriz
Pichel (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2019).
‘The Developing Brain as Historical Artifact’ Comment on articles by Lisa Feldman Barrett,
Mariana Pereira and Manfred Holodynski, Developmental Psychology, 55 (2019).
‘Medical and Scientific Understandings’, A Cultural History of the Emotions, vol. 5, ed. Susan Matt
(London: Bloomsbury, 2019).
‘Neurohistory’, Debating New Approaches in History, eds Peter Burke and Marek Tamm (London,
‘Bestiality in a Time of Smallpox: Dr Jenner and the “Modern Chimera”’, Exploring Animal
Encounters: Philosophical, Cultural and Historical Perspectives, eds. Dominik Ohrem and
Matthew Calarco (London: Palgrave, 2018).
‘The History of Emotions’, New Directions in Social and Cultural History, ed. Lucy Noakes,
Rohan McWilliam, Sasha Handley (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).
(with Stephanie Olsen) ‘Styling Emotions History’, Journal of Social History, 51 (2018).
‘The History of Emotions: Past, Present, Future’, Revista de Estudios Sociales, 62 (2017).
‘Vaccination, Fear and Historical Relevance’, History Compass, 14 (2016).
‘Hurt Feelings?’, Pain and Emotion in Modern History (Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).
‘The Affective Turn: Historicising the Emotions’, Psychology and History: Interdisciplinary
Explorations, eds. Cristian Tileagă and Jovan Byford (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
‘German Methods, English Morals: Physiological Networks and the Question of Callousness,
c.1870-1881’, Anglo-German Scholarly Networks in the Long Nineteenth Century, eds. Heather
Ellis and Ulrike Kirchberger (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014).
‘Four Stages of Cruelty? Institutionalizing Humanity to Animals in the English Media, c.1750-
1840’, Mediale Konstruktionen, ed. W. Behringer (Studien zur Mediengeschichte, vol. 1, Korb:
‘Species of Compassion: Aesthetics, Anaesthetics and Pain in the Physiological Laboratory’, 19:
Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 15 (2012).
‘The Historical Animal Mind: “Sagacity” in Nineteenth-Century Britain’, Experiencing Animals:
Encounters between Animal and Human Minds, eds. Robert W. Mitchell and Julie Smith, (New
York: Columbia University Press, 2012).
‘The End of Anthropocentrism’, Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals, Environments, ed. Rob
Boddice (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2011).
‘The Manly Mind? Re-visiting the Victorian “Sex in Brain” Debate’, Gender and History, 23:2
‘Vivisecting Major: A Victorian Gentleman Scientist Defends Animal Experimentation, 1876-85’,
Isis, 102:2 (2011): 215-37.
‘The Moral Status of Animals and the Historical Human Cachet’, JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric,
Culture and Politics, 30:3-4 (2010).
‘In Loco Parentis: Public School Authority, Cricket and Manly Character, 1855-62’, Gender and
Education, 21:2 (2009) 159-72.
‘Forgotten Antecedents: Entrepreneurship and the Social in History’, An Introduction to Social
Entrepreneurship: Voices, Preconditions, Contexts, ed. Rafael Ziegler (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
‘Manliness and the “Morality of Field Sports”: E.A. Freeman and Anthony Trollope, 1869-71’, The
Historian, 70:1 (2008) 1-29.
‘Tierkampf’ [Bloodsports], Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit (J.B. Metzler, 2011).
‘Tierschutz’ [Animal Protection], Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit (J.B. Metzler, 2011).
Anger: The Conflicted History of an Emotion, by Barbara Rosenwein, Contemporary British
Migraine: A History, by Katherine Foxhall, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Anxious Times: Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain, by Amelia Bonea et al,
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (forthcoming).
Imperial Emotions, The Politics of Empathy Across the British Empire, by Jane Lydon, Journal of
Colonialism and Colonial History, 21 (2020).
A Biography of Loneliness, by Fay Bound Alberti, The Historian (2020).
Medieval Sensibilities: A History of Emotions in the Middle Ages, by Damien Boquet and Piroska
Nagy, Medieval History Journal, 23 (2020).
Feeling the Strain: A Cultural History of Stress in Twentieth-century Brtiain, by Jill Kirby, Social
History of Medicine (2020).
Pain, Pleasure, and the Greater Good, by Cathy Gere, and Empathy: A History, by Susan Lanzoni,
British Journal for the History of Science, 52 (2019).
The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Science, and the Great War,
by Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers, Isis, 110 (2019).
Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History, eds. Stephanie Downes, Sally Holloway
and Sarah Randles, Reviews in History (2019).
Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe, 1200-1920, eds. M.L. Bailey and K. Barclay, Catholic
History, 34 (2018).
Emotions in the History of Witchcraft, eds. Laura Kounine and Michael Ostling, Gender and
History, 30 (2018).
Spaces for Feeling: Emotions and Sociabilities in Britain, 1650-1850, ed. Susan Broomhall, British
Journal for the History of Science, 51 (2018).
A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Empire, ed. Constance Classen, Nineteenth-century
Passion is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution, by Nicole
Eustace, H-Emotions (2016).
Beyond Melancholy: Sadness and Selfhood in Renaissance England, by Erin Sullivan,
Contributions to the History of Concepts, 11 (2016).
Civilizing Emotions: Concepts in Nineteenth-century Asia and Europe, by Margrit Pernau et al,
Women’s History Review (2015).
The Fox-Hunting Controversy, 1781-2004, by Allyson N. May. Canadian Journal of History, 50
The History of Emotions: An Introduction, by Jan Plamper. Reviews in History (2015).
Facing Fear: The History of an Emotion in Global Perspective, eds. Michael Laffan and Max
Weiss and Fear Across the Disciplines, eds. Jan Plamper and Ben Lazier. Journal of Social History,
The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers, by Joanna Bourke. Social History of Medicine
The Horse as Cultural Icon: The Real and the Symbolic Horse in the Early Modern World, eds.
Peter Edwards et al. Cultural and Social History, 11 (2014).
Four Meditations on Happiness, by Michael Hampe. Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham
University, centreformedicalhumanities.org (2014).
The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, eds. Alison Bashford and Philippa Levine.
Canadian Journal of History, 48 (2013): 579-81.
The Quest for Mental Health: A Tale of Science, Medicine, Scandal, Sorrow, and Mass Society, by
Ian Dowbiggin. Canadian Journal of History, 57 (2012).
Pain: A Cultural History, by Javier Moscoso. History of Emotions Blog (Queen Mary),
‘The Experimenter’s Museum: GenBank, Natural History, and the Moral Economies of
Biomedicine’, by Bruno J. Strasser. Journal of Literature and Science, 5 (2012): 127-8.
Gray Ghosts and Red Rangers: American Hilltop Fox Chasing, by Thad Sitton. Journal of
American Studies, 46:1 (2012) E7.
What it means to be human: reflections from 1791 to the present, by Joanna Bourke. Reviews in
History, http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1199 (2012).
Horses at Work: Harnessing Power in Industrial America, by Ann Norton Greene. Canadian
Journal of History, 45:2 (2010).
Essays and Journalism
By-line at Psychology Today.
‘The happy emotions are not necessarily what they appear’, Aeon (2019).
‘Dispatches from the Emotional Rollercoaster’, Athenaeum Review (2019).
‘How to measure social pain’, OUPBlog, https://blog.oup.com/ (2017).
‘Edward Jenner: Pamphleteer’, Wellcome Library Blog, blog.wellcomelibrary.org (2015).
‘The Vaccine Controversy and Dr Edward Jenner’s Reputation’, History Press Blog,
‘Fear and Vaccination’, History Press Blog, historypress.co.uk (2015).
‘Bestiality in a Time of Smallpox’, Notches, notchesblog.wordpress.com (2014).
‘The Arch of Hysteria’, Remedia: the history of medicine in dialogue with its present,
‘Equanimity in the Laboratory? The Sentimentalists versus the Sufferers in America c.1900’, Max
Planck Institute for Human Development, History of Emotions, Insights into Research,
Associate Editor, Emotion Review.
Editorial Board Member, History of Emotions series, Bloomsbury Academic, London.
Strand convenor, ‘Self, Senses and Emotions’, Social History Society, 2017.
Peer Reviewer for the Wellcome Trust; Irish Research Council; Oxford University Press;
Manchester University Press; Palgrave Macmillan; University of Chicago Press; Routledge;
Cambridge University Press; Harvard University Press; UCL Press; Emotion Review; Isis; Social
History of Medicine; Women’s History Review; Eighteenth-century Studies; History of Psychology;
Emotion, Space and Society; Journal of British Studies; Gender and Education; Canadian Journal
of History; Society & Animals; Journal of Scottish Historical Studies; Sport in History; Twentieth-
Century British History; Cultural History; Emotions: History, Culture, Society; Journal of the
Philosophy of History; Journal of Social History; Journal of the Philosophy of History; Theory and
Ryan Tristram-Walmsley, ‘Paradise Postponed? Sadness, Homesickness, and Loneliness among
West Indian Migrants in Postwar Britain’, University of Porto.
Merve Cigdem Talu, ‘The Flâneuse and the Metropolis: London’s Urban Atmospheres in Late-
Victorian Women’s Press’ (doctoral committee member), McGill University.
Fanny Hernandez Brotons, ‘The Experience of Cancer Illness: Spain and
Beyond in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century’, Carlos III University of Madrid.
The History of Emotions (Tampere University, Autumn, 2019; as course convenor, Autumn,
The History of Emotions, MA Elective (McGill, Fall 2018).
Critical Neuroscience (McGill University, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry,
Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry, June, 2018). The Historical Brain.
Impacts of Darwinism: Society, Culture, Politics (McGill University, Department of History,
Drug Discovery and Development (McGill University, Department of Pharmacology, September
International Max Planck Research School, Ph.D Program in Moral Economies of Modern
Societies (MPIB Berlin, October 2013). Theory and Methodology of History (History of Science).
Interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Human-Animal Interactions, Forschungs-Kolloqium am
Messerli-Institut, Post-Anthropozentrismus, eine Debatte der Tierethik (Messerli
Forschungsinstitut, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, May 2013).
History and Philosophy of Science: Early Modern Science (Bard College Berlin, Spring 2013).
Plato’s Republic and its Interlocutors (Bard College Berlin, Fall 2012, 2013). Guest lecture:
‘Thucydides: History, Historiography and the Human’.
Issues in Historical Thought (Bard College Berlin, Spring 2008).
Greek Thought and Literature on Education (Bard College Berlin, Fall 2007).
Human/Animal Relations in Historical Perspective (Bard College Berlin, Spring 2007 and
The School of Greece: Education, Virtue and Reason in the Athenian Debates 479-323 B.C.
(Bard College Berlin, Fall 2006).
Twentieth-Century Britain (McGill, Winter 2006).
The Victorian Novel and the Historian: Contexts and Sources (York, Autumn 2005).
Making History (York, Autumn 2005).
The Culture of English Manliness, c.1750-1918 (York, Spring 2005 and Autumn 2005).
Discipline of History: Interpreting the Past: Mind, Ritual and Anthropology (York, Summer
Discipline of History: Issues in Historical Thought (York, Summer 2004).
Comparative Special Subject: Nature (York, Spring 2004).
Period General Course, 1870-1980 (York, Spring 2003 and 2004).
Other Professional Affiliations and Activities
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Member of the Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft, Freie Universität Berlin.
Member of the British Association for Victorian Studies.Curator, Experiment, Expertise, Experience: Scientific and Medical Knowledge Production, 1796-1918 exhibition, Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal
Curator, Vaccination: Fame, Fear and Controversy, 1798-1998 exhibition, Osler Library of the
History of Medicine, Montreal (January-August, 2017); McLennan Library, McGill University
Organiser, Vaccination and Its Discontents: Historical and Contemporary Reflections on
Vaccination and Vaccine Hesitancy, public event, Osler Library for the History of Medicine,
Montreal (February, 2017).
Organiser, Birkbeck Pain Project Conference: Pain as Emotion, Emotion as Pain (October,
2012), funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of the Birkbeck Pain Project, attended by health
workers, physicians, artists and novelists, as well as by chronic pain sufferers. Made available
through open-access podcasts, free to download from backdoorbroadcasting.net.
Consultant and contributor to BBC Radio 4 programme, ‘The Curious Cases of Rutherford and
Fry’, ‘A World of Pain’ episode (broadcast September 7, 2018).
Consultant for BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Expressing Pain’, dealing with artistic modes of
expressing pain to improve clinical approaches to pain management and treatment (broadcast
November 19, 2012).
Member of planning committee, ECLA State of the World Week (2007 – Social Entrepreneurship; 2008 – Water), which won two UNESCO awards for education in sustainable