Education

Ph.D., History, Yale University, December 2015

  • Concentration in History of Science and Medicine

  • Dissertation: “Barbara Seaman and the History of the Women’s Health Movement”

M.Phil., History, Yale University, 2013

M.A., History, Yale University, 2012

B.A., Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, 2009

Visiting Student, University of Oxford, 2007-2008

Employment

2017-present: Adjunct Professor, College of Humanities and Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

2016-2017: Office Administrator, HERS (Hysterectomy Educational Resources & Services) Foundation, Bala Cynwyd, PA

Publications

 Refereed Journal Articles

  • “The Activist Archive: Feminism, Personal-Political Papers, and Recent Women’s History,” Journal of Women’s History (forthcoming).

  • “Our Doctors, Ourselves: Barbara Seaman and Popular Health Feminism in the 1970s,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine (forthcoming, December 2019).

  • 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.

Online Publications

Book Reviews

  • Review of Toxic Shock: A Social History by Sharra L. Vostral, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (forthcoming).

  • Review of Cesarean Section: An American History of Risk, Technology, and Consequence by Jacqueline H. Wolf, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (forthcoming).

Manuscripts in Progress (excluding works currently under review)

  • The Pill Hearings: Science, Politics, and Birth Control, book manuscript in preparation.

  • “‘What the Women Can Do:’ Doctors’ Wives and the American Medical Association’s Campaigns Against Socialized Medicine,” article in preparation.

Awards and Honors

  • MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society (2019-2020)

  • Nancy Halverson Schless Fellowship, American Philosophical Society (2019-2020)

  • History of Medicine Collections Travel Grant, Rubenstein Library, Duke University (2019)

  • Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, National Library of Medicine (2019)

  • M. Louise Carpenter Gloeckner, M.D. Summer Research Fellowship, the Legacy Center at Drexel University College of Medicine (2018)

  • Finalist, Signs Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship, for “Reproducing Jane: Abortion Stories and Women’s Political Histories” (2017)

  • University Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University (2014)

  • Dissertation Grant, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2013-2014)

  • Travel-to-Collections Grant, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College (2013-2014)

  • Graduate Student Fellowship, Yale University (2009-2013)

Teaching Experience

Thomas Jefferson University, Instructor:

  • Topics in American Studies (Fall 2019, x2)

  • Cultures of Health and Illness (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019)

  • Debating U.S. Issues (Fall 2017 - Spring 2019, x7)

  • Gender and Diversity in the U.S. (Spring 2018, Fall 2018)

Yale University, Teaching Assistant:

  • Public Health in America, 1793-2000 (Fall 2012, Fall 2013)

  • Historical Perspectives on Global Health (Spring 2013)

  • Cultures of Western Medicine (Spring 2012)

  • Media and Medicine in Modern America (Fall 2011)

Invited Talks

  • “Behind Every Great Medical Man: Doctors’ Wives and American Health Politics,” David A. Walsh ‘67 Arts & Sciences Seminar Series, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY (2018)

  • "Women's Health Activism, Then and Now: Lessons for Past and Present," Bryn Mawr College Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA (2018)

  • Panel Participant, “Perspectives on Women’s Archives,” Delaware Valley Archivists Group Fall meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2018)    

  • “‘Roe’ v. ‘Jane’: Telling Illegal Abortion Stories,” No Turning Back: The Past, Present, and Future of Reproductive Justice, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Symposium, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (2017)      

  • “‘Liberate Yourself From Your Gynecologist:’ Historical Perspectives on Barbara Seaman, Second-Wave Feminism, and Consumer Health Activism, 1969-1977,” Lerner Lecture, Division of Medical Humanities, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (2016)

  • “The Women’s Health Lobby: Feminist Health Activism in Washington, D.C., 1974-1977,” Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing Seminar Series, Philadelphia, PA (2015)

Conference Participation

Presentations

  • "Writing the History of the Women's Health Movement: Barbara Seaman, Historians, and the Activist Archive," Reproductive and Sexual Health Activism, ca. 1960-present, Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK (2018)

  • “‘I Didn’t Think You Were Hysterical:’ Hysterectomy and Health Activism, 1982-2016,” American Association for the History of Medicine, Nashville, TN (2017)

  • “Writing the Women’s Health Movement: Barbara Seaman, Feminism, and the Politics of Biomedical Expertise,” Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science 2014 Introductory Symposium, Philadelphia, PA (2014)

  • “‘Liberate Yourself From Your Gynecologist:’ Barbara Seaman, Feminism, and Consumer Health Activism, 1957-1977,” A Revolutionary Moment: Women’s Liberation in the Late 1960s and Early 1970s, Boston University, Boston, MA (2014)

  • “‘Dear Injurious Physician:’ Barbara Seaman, Feminism, and the Politics of Women’s Health in America,” Brown bag lunch presentation, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2013)

  • “The Muckraker: Science Writing as Radical Critique, 1967-1977,” The Return of Biography: Reassessing Life Stories in Science Studies, Science Museum, London, UK (2013)

  • “Pelvic Autonomy: Barbara Seaman and the Emergence of a Feminist Health Politics, 1957-1977,” The Sixties at Fifty: The 5th Annual Boston University Graduate Student American Political History Conference, Boston, MA (2013)

  • “The Many Lives of the Menstrual Cup,” Poster Presentation, 15th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Amherst, MA (2011)

  • “Stories of Jane: Remembering Chicago’s Underground Abortion Service,” American Association for the History of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (2011)

  • “‘The Whole Thing Might Seem a Little Strange to You:’ Selling the Menstrual Cup, 1960-1973,” 8th Annual Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine, New Brunswick, NJ (2010)

  • “Cups on Campus: An Analysis of Menstrual Cup Distribution, Advocacy, and Use,” 18th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Spokane, WA (2009)

Panels Chaired

  • “From Alimentary Canal to Zygote: Humor, Faith, and Resistance in Global Contexts,” American Association for the History of Medicine, Columbus, OH (2019)

  • “Labor and Lay Networks,” Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2018)

Campus and Departmental Talks

  • “Mrs. MD: How Doctors’ Wives Changed the History of Medicine in America,” Knowledge Exchange Series, Arlen Specter Center for Public Service, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA (2019)

  • “‘Dear Injurious Physician:’ Barbara Seaman, Feminism, and the Politics of Women’s Health in America,” Frederic L. Holmes Workshop, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2012)

  • “No String Attached: Selling and Using the Menstrual Cup in the 1970s,” Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2012)

  • “Stories of Jane: Remembering Chicago’s Underground Abortion Service,” Frederic L. Holmes Workshop, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2011)

University and Professional Service

2019-pres. Contributing Editor, Pharmacy in History

2018-pres. Referee, Social History of Medicine

2010-2015       Steering Committee, Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine

2011-2012       Organizer, 10th Annual Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine

2011-2012       Organizer, Frederic L. Holmes Workshop Series, Yale University

2009-2010       Department Representative, Graduate Student Assembly, Yale University