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Hayley C. RoyGraduate Student

I am a third-year doctoral student studying German continental and overseas colonial practices from the Berlin Conference to World War I. My research focuses on the role of religious and secular German nurses deployed to colonial hospitals in Africa and the Pacific Islands in forging a new nursing profession accessible to working-class white women, while also supporting a racial hierarchy and perpetuating imperial violence. My work examines the overlapping themes of nationalism, Western medical science, nursing and healthcare professionalization, global public health, religion, and first-wave feminism.

I welcome inquiries about my research and our graduate program.


  • B.A. Rider University

Research Interests

New Imperialism, Colonialism, and Nationalism
Modern Germany and Central Europe
Nursing History
Gender History
Global Public Health

Dissertation Topic

“'Wild' Sisters: Volunteer Nurses in German Overseas Colonies, 1884-1918"

Faculty Advisors

Brian Vick
Astrid M. Eckert
Kylie Smith