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Queen Mary University
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Twentieth and twenty-first century history of the human sciences, history of psychology, and history of childhood.
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About Me

DR BONNIE EVANS is a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. She conducted her PhD at King’s College, Cambridge University, and then worked as a researcher at King’s College, London, before moving to Queen Mary. She has published several articles in the history of the human sciences and has recently completed her first monograph, The Metamorphosis of Autism (Manchester University Press, 2017).

Recent Publications


Bonnie Evans The Metamorphosis of Autism: A History of Child Development in Britain (Manchester University Press, 2017)


Bonnie Evans ‘Play, Dreams and Intelligence: Thinking about Development in Twentieth Century Britain’ Psychoanalysis and History [Forthcoming, 2018]

Bonnie Evans ‘The Foundations of Autism: The Law Concerning Psychotic, Schizophrenic and Autistic Children in 1950s and 1960s Britain’ Bulletin of the History of Medicine 2014: 88(2) pp253-285.

Bonnie Evans How Autism Became Autism: The Radical Transformation of a Central Concept of Child Development in Britain’ History of the Human Sciences 2013: 26(3) pp3–31

Bonnie Evans (first author) and Edgar Jones ‘Organ Extracts and the Development of Psychiatry: Hormonal Treatments at the Maudsley Hospital 1923-1938’ Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 2012: 48(3) pp251-26

Bonnie Evans (first author), Shahina Rahman & Edgar Jones, ‘Managing the Unmanageable: Interwar Child Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital’ History of Psychiatry 2008: 19 pp454-475


Commissioned magazine articles

Bonnie Evans ‘Behind the Hashtags and the Hysteria’ IPPR Progressive Review March 23rd 2018

Bonnie Evans ‘The Autism Paradox’ Aeon Magazine January 8th 2018:

Bonnie Evans ‘The Creation of Autism: How Autism became such an Important Psychological Concept’ LSE Forum Essays Online:


Short publications and reviews

Bonnie Evans ‘Review of Kieran McNally’s A Critical History of SchizophreniaIsis March 2018 109(1) pp217-218

Bonnie Evans ‘Wing (née Tolchard), Lorna Gladys 1928-2014) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online publication 15th February 2018

Bonnie Evans ‘Review of Harry Hendrick’s Narcissistic Parenting in an Insecure World’ Twentieth Century British History Online Publication 27th September 2017

Bonnie Evans ‘John Forrester’s Thinking in CasesPsychoanalysis and History 2017: 19(2) Pp249-256

Bonnie Evans ‘Review of Stephen Casper’s The Neurologists: A History of a Medical Specialty in Modern BritainHistory of the Human Sciences Online Review 12th July 2016

Joseph Rey, Bonnie Evans et al. ‘History of Child Psychiatry’ in Rey JM (ed), IACAPAP e-Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Geneva: International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, 2015)

Bonnie Evans ‘Review of Mitzi Waltz’ Autism: A Social and Medical History’ History of Psychiatry 2014: 25 pp381-383

Bonnie Evans ‘Review of Matthew Smith’s Hyperactive: The Controversial History of ADHD’ History of the Human Sciences 2014: 27(2) pp. 136-141

Bonnie Evans ‘Review of Chloe Silverman’s Understanding AutismPsychoanalysis and History 2013: 15 pp116-119

Bonnie Evans ‘Review of Richard Frank and Sherry Glied’s Better but not Well: Mental Health Policy in the United States since 1950Journal of Mental Health April 2008: 17(2) pp225-227

Media Coverage
BBC, Wired Magazine, Aeon Magazine, LSE Forum
Country Focus
Britain and the world
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Family, Gender, Politics, Science, Sexuality, Women