About

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Hello! 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, where I wrote a dissertation on women’s health activism. 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.

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.

When not reading or writing, I can be found running (very slowly) or exploring coffee shops of the greater Philadelphia area. You can also find me on Twitter at @KellyODonn.