Kate Docking

University of Kent

Thesis title: Female Doctors and Nurses in the Third Reich

My thesis analyses the female doctors and nurses who assisted in the human experiments which took place at Ravensbrueck concentration camp in Germany during the Third Reich. I am particularly interested in the motivations of these women to take jobs at the camp, and their experiences. The research project employs a gender-based framework in order to ascertain how contemporary constructions of femininity influenced the motivations and experiences of these female medical personnel. 

Supervised by Professor Ulf Schmidt 

About me

I completed my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Kent, before obtaining a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge in Modern European History. I then returned to Kent to complete my PhD. 

I am passionate about student representation; I am currently the Postgraduate Research Humanities Student Rep at the University of Kent, and am a member of the CHASE Student Advisory Group. 

Research interests

Gender history, Nazi Germany, representations of Nazism, female perpetrators of genocide, contemporary and historical social and cultural constructions of femininity. 

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