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Technische Universität Darmstadt
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Science, Technology, and Medicine; Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Contraception; American History
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About Me

I am Senior Advisor, English as the Language of Instruction at Technische Universität Darmstadt and a historian of the intersection of science and technology with gender and sexuality. My expertise is the 20th-century United States and Western Europe, particularly the United Kingdom and Germany. My book on the intellectual history of Alfred Kinsey, The Classification of Sex (2014), won the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality’s 2015 Bullough Prize for the most distinguished book written for the professional sexological community. My current work is on the history of contraception, both globally and specificially in the US and UK.

Recent Publications

“Contraception: A Concise History,” under contract for MIT Press, Essential Knowledge Series

“Science and Feminism in Masters of Sex,Feminist Media Studies, online in advance of print issue (DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2017.1393761)  

“How Subjects Matter: The Kinsey Institute’s Sexual Nomenclature: A Thesaurus (1976),” Information & Culture, 52 (May–June 2017): 207–28 (DOI: 10.7560/IC52204)

“‘In a Sense, It Is a Game’: Women’s Dormitory Life at Purdue University during the Second World War,” Indiana Magazine of History, 113 (March 2017): 1–47 (DOI: 10.5378/indimagahist.113.1.0001)

The Classification of Sex: Alfred Kinsey and the Organization of Knowledge (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014)

The Machines of Sex Research: Technology and the Politics of Identity, 1945–1985 (Dordrecht: Springer, 2014)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States, United Kingdom, Germany
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Medicine, Science, Sexuality, Technology