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Professor, School of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney

Hans Pols is currently researching the history of medicine in the Dutch East Indies and Indonesia. In particular, he focuses on the role of physicians and medical students in political, social, and cultural movements. He has also conducted research on psychiatry in the Dutch East Indies and Indonesia; the conceptualisation of trauma during World War II; and the history of the mental hygiene and mental health movements. He is currently involved in a project on the future of mental heatlh care in Indonesia.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, University of Sydney


  • 1997 
    University of Pennsylvania, PhD History and Sociology of Science


  • 2012
    Notes from Batavia, the European’s Graveyard: The Acclimatization Debate on in the Dutch East Indies, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 67, no. 1 (2012): 120-48.
  • 2011
    The Tunisian Campaign, War Neuroses, and the Reorientation of American Psychiatry During World WarII, Harvard Review of Psychiatry 19, no. 6 (2011): 313-20.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Health and Medicine in the Dutch East Indies: Medicine, Health, and Colonial Networks of Mediation
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
  • 2004
    War, Trauma, and Rehabilitation: The Army, Psychiatry, and World War II
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:

Research Areas

  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) (220206)