Dolores Martín Moruno

Professor Boursière FNS


Dolores Martín Moruno is assistant professor of the history of medicine and associated member of the Institute of Gender Studies. She is the principal investigator of the SNSF Professorship project Those women who performed humanitarian action: a Gendered history of compassion from the Franco-Prussian war to WWII(2017-2021).

She coordinates a network, which brings together researchers and NGO representatives working on the ethical, social and political aspects of humanitarian relief with the aim of promoting research at both national and international level, as well as public events in order to enrich the cultural life of Geneva.

Dolores has been visiting fellow at the Universität Wien (Austria), the Université Claude Bernard (Lyon), the Centre de recherche en histoire des sciences et des techniques (Paris), the Bakken Museum of Electricity and Life (Minneapolis), the Centre for the History of Emotions based at the Queen Mary University of London and the New York University. In 2006, she defended a PhD thesis on Nineteenth Century Romantic Science at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Centre Alexandre Koyré) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

From 2011 to 2017, she has worked at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva as a postdoctoral and senior researcher in charge of promoting the history of emotions through the organization of conferences and collective publications. In 2013, she was awarded with the MIMOSA prize by the Department of Community Health and Medicine for her project Le temps de cerises: Ambulance Women in the Paris Commune. Her interest for the use of visual culture as a method of scientific communication has been awarded in the 2019 Scientific Image Competition for the photograph The Past Life of a Refugee Camp.



  • History of humanitarian medicine from the nineteenth century to the present.
  • Women’s History/ Gender History
  • Knowledges and practices of care
  • History of Emotions/History of Experience
  • Visual and Material Culture of Humanitarianism


Director of the research group « Women_Humanitari@ns ».



Dolores Martín Moruno teaches courses on the history of humanitarian medicine in the framework of the « Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine» specialization provided by the Faculty of Medicine. She also supervises Master Dissertations on the same topic. Dolores is member of the Réseau romand de mentoring pour les femmes in order to encourage young female researchers to successfully pursue an academic career.




Martín Moruno D., Edgar Lynn B., Leyder M. Feminist Perspectives on the History of Humanitarian Relief, Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 35(3), 2019 (in press).

Martín Moruno D., Pain as Practice in Paolo Mantegazza’s Science of Emotions, Osiris, 31, 2016: 271:322.

Martín Moruno D., Quand la médecine nous prend par les sentiments : Le Magnétiseur amoureux de Charles de Villers », Gesnerus, 72(1), 2015: 117-134.

Martín Moruno D., Ordóñez Rodríguez J., The Nursing Vocation as Political Participation for Women during the Spanish Civil War, Journal of War and Culture Studies 2(3), 2010: 305-321.



Martín Moruno D., Pichel B. (eds.), Emotional Bodies: The Historical Performativity of Emotions, Urbana & Champaign, University of Illinois Press, 2019.

Fantini B., Martín Moruno D., Moscoso J. (eds.), On Resentment: Past and Present. Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2013.  




Martín Moruno D., Fearful Female Bodies: The Pétroleuses of the Paris Commune, in Martín Moruno D., Pichel B. (eds.), Emotional Bodies: The Historical Performativity of Emotions, Urbana & Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2019: 175-193.

Martín Moruno D., Electricity and Gender in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, in Westmoreland J. (eds.), (In)scribing Gender Minneapolis: Diversion Press, 2016: 22-45.


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 (avec Beatriz Pichel et Rob Boddice) “Emotional Bodies: The Historical Performativity of Emotions”, North American Chapter on the History of Emotions Conference, George Mason University, Fairfax, USA, June 5, 2020.

(avec Marie Leyder) “Gendering Humanitarian Compassion during WWI”, History of Experience: Theories, Methodologies and Concepts, Tampere University, Finland, March 5, 2019.

“Tejiendo redes de cuidado: la compasión como conocimiento de las mujeres humanitarias en la guerra (1853-1945)”. Keynote Speaker of the conference of the Spanish Association of the History of Medicine. Presente y Futuro de la historia de la medicina. Museu d’Història, Sant Feliu de Guíxols (Girona), June 17, 2017. 

Le coup de foudre : l’histoire d’une émotion électrique au monde francophone”, Les émotions dans la culture française et francophone, Haïfa, Israel, November 6, 2013.

“Love in the Time of Darwinism: Paolo Mantegazza and the Emergence of Sexuality”, Giornata scientifica in onore di Paolo Mantegazza, Roma, Senato della Repubblica, March 11, 2011.