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Last Name
Thomas Jefferson University
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history of medicine, women's history, U.S. history, health activism, women's health, gender and medicine, birth control
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About Me

I am a Philadelphia-based historian specializing in the history of medicine and the history of gender in the United States.

As a first-generation college student, I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009. I then earned my Ph.D. in History at Yale University’s Program in the History of Science and Medicine. My dissertation was a biography of journalist and feminist icon Barbara Seaman. After graduate school, I spent a year working at a non-profit women’s health advocacy organization. I currently teach courses in American history, gender studies, and health humanities at Thomas Jefferson University.

I have written on a range of subjects in the area of gender and medicine including: the history of abortion, the history of menstrual products, women’s health activism, and the place of women in the history of medicine.

At the moment I am working on two big research projects: a reassessment of the 1970 U.S. Senate hearings on the safety of oral contraceptives and a history of doctors’ wives from the mid-nineteenth century through the present.

Recent Publications

“Our Doctors, Ourselves: Barbara Seaman and Popular Health Feminism in the 1970s,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine vol. 93, no. 4 (Winter 2019).

(With Stephen T. Casper) “The Punch-Drunk Boxer and the Battered Wife: Gender and Brain Injury Research,” Social Science & Medicine (in press).

“Reproducing Jane: Abortion Stories and Women’s Political Histories,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society vol. 43, no. 1 (Autumn 2017): 77-96.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Medicine, Politics, Science, Sexuality, Women