Kelly Bailey

History in her Hands

Bailey The Great War took a great toll on British soldiers. Honors student Kelly Bailey sees this first-hand while delving into the wartime archives at the University College of London.

“Today, I actually held and read the old diary of a soldier in a field ambulance unit,” Bailey writes from abroad. “It was incredible!”

Using a grant from the UNH International Research Opportunities Program (IROP), she is researching “Perceptions of Shell Shock in World War I Britain.” An honors student and psychology major undertaking pre-medical studies, Bailey says her interest in post-traumatic stress led her to the college’s Welcome Trust Center for the History of Medicine. Here, she works under the guidance of professorial fellow Roger Cooter.

Bailey will use the primary source data she collects to help her understand present-day diagnoses of post-traumatic stress.