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Last Name
Rutgers University
Website URL . Also
History of Medicine, History of Reproductive Medicine and Technology, History of Infertility, History of Obstetrics and Gynecology, History of Health Policy
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About Me

I’m a University Professor of History at Rutgers, where I divide my time between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on the Camden campus and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research on the New Brunswick campus. In the first part of my career, I wrote books and articles on the history of women, gender, and the family. My articles, on topics ranging from the history of motherhood to the history of masculinity, appeared in book chapters and in journals including the American Quarterly, the Journal of American History, and Pennsylvania History. My first two books were Anarchist Women (1981) and Suburban Lives (1990). In the late 1980s I began a long-term research collaboration with my sister, Wanda Ronner, who is now a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. We have written three books together: The Empty Cradle: Infertility in America from Colonial Times to the Present (1996/paperback 1999); The Fertility Doctor: John Rock and the Reproductive Revolution (2008); and The Pursuit of Parenthood: Reproductive Technology from Test-Tube Babies to Uterus Transplants (2019).

Recent Publications

My most recent publication is The Pursuit of Parenthood: Reproductive Technology from Test-Tube Babies to Uterus Transplants. This book is co-authored with Wanda Ronner and will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press on August 6, 2019.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Medicine, Women