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Longwood University
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Modern Germany, Holocaust, women and gender, science and medicine, eugenics
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About Me

I am an Associate Professor of History at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, where I teach classes on European history, women’s and gender history, and the history of science and technology. Since 2017, I have also served as the co-director of Longwood’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor.

Each summer, I co-teach a class on Holocaust and Genocide Studies as part of the Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Virginia.

Previously, I taught at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

My book traces the rhetoric that politically active and professionally engaged female physicians used to maintain their presence and strengthen their significance in women’s and children’s medical spaces in Weimar and Nazi Germany.

Recent Publications

Kravetz, Melissa.  Women Doctors in Weimar and Nazi Germany: Maternalism, Eugenics, and Professional Identity (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019)

Kravetz, Melissa.  “Finding a Space in Schools: Female Doctors and the Reform of Girls’ Physical Education in Weimar Germany.”  Journal of Women’s History 29, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 38-62.

Kravetz, Melissa.  “Promoting Eugenics and Maternalism: Women Doctors and Marriage Counseling in Weimar Germany.”  In Women and Science, 17th Century to Present: Pioneers, Activists and Protagonists, edited by Donna Spalding Andréolle and Véronique Molinari.  Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, June, 2011.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Germany, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
7, 8
Expertise by Topic
Food History, Gender, Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Science, Women, World War II