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Columbia University
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Science, Technology, and Medicine, Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Contraception, Reproduction, Fertility
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About Me

I am 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. Contraception: A Concise History was published in April 2020. I guest edited a special issue of ICON on the history of the body and technology, have another book forthcoming from MIT Press titled “Fertility Technology,” and am a regular guest on sexuality and gender history podcasts.

Recent Publications

“Shaping the Erotic Body: Technology and Women’s Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century American Medicine,” in Histories of Sexology: Between Science and Politics, Alain Giami and Sharman Levinson (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave, 2021)

“Language Pedagogy in a Pandemic: The Shift to Online Instruction at a German University during the COVID-19 Crisis,” Journal of Pedagogical Research 5 no. 1 (2021):  172–87

“Sexuality, Science, and Technology,” in Companion to Sexuality Studies, ed. Nancy A. Naples (New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020), 143–59

Contraception: A Concise History (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2020) (Audio version also available)

“Science and Feminism in Masters of Sex,Feminist Media Studies, 18 (no. 5, 2018): 859–72  (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)

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
Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Medicine, Science, Sexuality, Technology