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Program in the History of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Hospital
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Reproductive Health, Gender-Based Activism, Maternal Health, Healthcare, Reproductive Justice, African Feminisms, Sexual Education, Mali, Africa, West Africa
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About Me

I am a historian of medicine, gender and sexuality, specializing in the history of reproductive medicine in Mali (West Africa). My research traces the history of Malian women reproductive specialists (including popular midwives and nuptial counselors), demonstrates how the precolonial work of initiation and sexual education was a form of medicine, and then follows specific reproductive technologies and practices (from vaginal exams to uterotonic drugs) to explore the contestations, debates and collaborations between reproductive specialists, Malian gender rights activists, and the emerging state health system over the 20th century. I received my PhD from Columbia University, and am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Program in the History of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

With Oumou Sidibe, Gregory Mann, and Madina Thiam, I co-direct the Projet Archives des Femmes, a digital archive which preserves the records of Malian feminist activism in the 20th century.

Recent Publications

Devon Golaszewski “ ‘Traditional Birth Attendants’ and Reproductive Expertise in Post-Colonial Mali” Gender and History, Vol 33, No. 3, October 2021.

Devon Golaszewski “Last Acts of Mothering: Nuptial Counseling in Colonial Mali” Past & Present, Volume 246, Issue Supplement_15, December 2020, Pages 239–262.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Family, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Medicine, Politics, Public History, Race, Science, Sexuality, Women