Dr Stephanie WrightLecturer in Modern European History
I am a historian of modern Spain, specialising in the histories of disability, psychiatry, sexuality, and gender under the Francoist dictatorship. I am currently writing a book on the experiences of maimed Francoist veterans of the Spanish Civil War, while starting a new research project exploring sexual violence under Francoism. The latter centres on the role of forensic doctors and psychiatrists within court cases dealing with sexual crimes in twentieth-century Spain.
I am a historian of modern Spain, with a particular interest the Francoist regime and the legacies of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. Before arriving in Lancaster in 2021, I completed my PhD in Modern History at the University of Sheffield, where I researched the experiences of the Francoist war disabled of the Spanish Civil War. I left Sheffield in 2019 to take up a Wellcome Trust postdoctoral fellowship at Birkbeck College, London, as part of Professor Joanna Bourke's Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters (SHaME) project. At Birkbeck I began to work on a new project, exploring sexual violence during and after the Civil War from a medical perspective. As part of this work, which I am continuing to develop, I research the role of forensic doctors and psychiatrists in the policing of sexual crimes under National Catholicism. My work on veterans has been published in the Journal of Contemporary History, Social History of Medicine, and Revista Universitaria de Historia Militar, and I am also completing a monograph on the topic.
At Lancaster, I am looking forward to developing this research while teaching modules on the history of modern Spain and the history of disability. I welcome expressions of interest from prospective doctoral candidates looking to study the social history of modern Spain, particularly themes relating to gender, disability, mental health, and sexuality.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
PhD Supervision Interests
I welcome expressions of interest from prospective doctoral researchers working on the histories of gender, disability, mental health, sexuality, sexual violence, and the legacies of warfare in modern Spain.
- Centre for War and Diplomacy
- FASS Health Hub