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Tufts University
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philanthropy, history of science, public health, gender, urban life, sex education, reproductive health, sexual health
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I am a historian of reproductive health, politics, and public health. My dissertation, “Banned in Boston”: The Battle over Birth Control in the Last State to Legalize It, 1879-1972, argued that activist infighting – not the Catholic Church – kept Massachusetts behind peer states in advancing reproductive health until the 1970s.  I teach courses in the history of sex education as well as 19th and 20th century gender and public health history. A native Tennessean, I hold an A.B. degree in History from Harvard University (2001), a M.A. in History from Middle Tennessee State University (2015), and a Ph.D. from Boston University (2023).  Before beginning graduate studies, I spent a decade as a professional development officer for Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
Africa, India, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Children & Youth, Diplomacy, Family, Gender, Human Rights, Medicine, Public History, Race, Science, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Urban History, Women