About

Hello! I am a historian of gender, activism, and health care in modern America.

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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, where I wrote a dissertation on feminist health activism. After graduate school, I spent a year working at a non-profit women's health advocacy organization.

I currently teach at Jefferson—East Falls. During the Spring 2020 semester I will be in residence at the Massachusetts Historical Society as an NEH Long-term Fellow.

At the moment I am working on two book-length projects: 1) a reassessment of the 1970 U.S. Senate hearings on the safety of oral contraceptives, adapted from my dissertation, and 2) a history of doctors' wives and the role they played in shaping American medicine.

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.