Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
Social and cultural history of modern Britain and America; history of war and violence; medical humanities; history of the emotions; masculinity; sexual violence; what it means to be human
- UK Fellow
Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the prize-winning author of eleven books, including histories on modern warfare, military medicine, psychology and psychiatry, the emotions, and rape. Among others, she is the author of Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britain, and the Great War (1996), An Intimate History of Killing (1999), Fear: A Cultural History (2005) and Rape: A History from the 1860s to the Present (2007). Her book, What it Means to be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the Present was published by Virago in 2011. In 2014, she was the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers (OUP) and Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play are Invading our Lives (Virago). Her books have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, and Greek. An Intimate History of Killing won the Wolfson Prize and the Fraenkel Prize. She is a frequent contributor to TV and radio shows, and a regular correspondent for newspapers.
Professor of History, Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck College University of London Professor of History
Jan 1970 -
War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict
Edited by Joanna Bourke - Published in 2017 by Reaktion Books
Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Are Invading Our Lives
Published in 2014 by Virago and Counterpoint
The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers
Published in 2014 by Oxford University Press
It has been translated into Turkish (Koe University Press).
What It Means To Be Human, Historical Reflections 1791 to the Present
Published in 2011 by Virago and Counterpoint
Rape: A History from 1860s to the Present
Published in 2007 by Virago and Shoemaker and Hoard
It has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Chinese, and Greek.
Fear: A Cultural History
Published in 2005 by Virago and Shoemaker and Hoard
It has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Greek. It was on the final shortlist for the Mind Book of the Year.
The Second World War: A People’s History
Published in 2001 by Oxford University Press
It has been translated into Italian, Spanish, and Catalan.
The Penguin Atlas of British and Irish History. From Earliest Times to the Present Day
Edited by Barry Cunliffe, Robert Bartlett, John Morrill, Asa Briggs, and Joanna Bourke - Published in 2001 by Penguin
The Misfit Soldier
Edward Casey [pseud. John William Roworth]introduction by Joanna Bourke - Published in 1999 by Cork University Press
An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-Face Killing in Twentieth Century Warfare
Published in 1999 by Granta and Basic
It has been translated into Chinese, Czech, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan, Greek, and Turkish. It won the 2000 Wolfson History Prize as well as the 1998 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History. It was in the final shortlist for the W. H. Smith Literary Prize in 2000.
Dismembering the Male: Men's Bodies, Britain, and the Great War
Published in 1996 by Reaktion Press, and University of Chicago Press
Working-Class Cultures in Britain, 1890-1960: Gender, Class and Ethnicity
Published in 1994 by Routledge
Husbandry to Housewifery: Women, Economic Change and Housework in Ireland, 1890-1914
Published in 1993 by Clarendon Press
It won the Ronald Tress Prize.
10-Minute Talks: Domestic and sexual violence during COVID-19
Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
In this talk, Joanna Bourke outlines how the pandemic has exacerbated, not created, the problem of domestic and sexual violence in our society.