Dr Micaela Pattison

BA (Advanced); BA (Hons); PhD (University of Sydney)
Visiting Research Fellow
College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: (02) 612 52720

Areas of expertise

  • European History (Excl. British, Classical Greek And Roman) 210307
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205

Research interests

  • Women and Gender Studies  
  • Histories and theories of modernity 
  • History Of Eugenics  
  • Social History of Medicine  
  • Biography and Life-Writing  
  • Spanish Cultural Studies  
  • History of Sexuality 
  • History of Fascism and Antifascism  
  • Medical Humanities  


Micaela is an historian of gender, sexuality and social movements in modern Spain. She is currently working on the unceded lands of the Ngambri and Ngunnawal peoples as a Visiting Fellow in the School of History at the Australian National University. She is a Research Affiliate of the University of Sydney.

Her forthcoming monograph is a micro-history exploring gendered modernity, youth politics and sexual science in interwar Spain through close examination of the career of revolutionary left propagandist, writer, sex reformer and 'eugenic child', Hildegart (1914-1933). Her current research explores scientific, economic, visual and ideological 'creations' of modern femininity in Europe and the modern world, and the particular ways that shifting ideas about 'healthiness' (and how to display it) has shaped political discourse, social movements and the lived experiences of women at different stages of the life cycle-

She was previously a Lecturer in Modern European History at the ANU and a Visiting Research Fellow in the History of Science Department of the Spanish Research Council's Centre for Human and Social Sciences (CSIC-CCHS) (Madrid). She has  also worked as a lecturer and course convenor at the University of Sydney and Australian Catholic University, teaching on the histories of Fascism and Antifascism, Twentieth Century Europe, the Spanish Civil War, European Film and History and Contemporary World History.




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