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 (History of Science and Medicine), Yale University, 2013

M.A., History (History of Science and Medicine), Yale University, 2012

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

Visiting Student, University of Oxford, 2007-2008

Current Position

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


 Refereed Journal Articles

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

"Pinkie, Your Hospital Pal! Or, Why I Bought a Weird Old Hand Puppet on eBay," Nursing Clio (August 2018).

"Women's Health Advocacy at Work,Nursing Clio (January 2018).

“'The Whole Idea Might Seem a Little Strange to You:' Selling the Menstrual Cup," Technology's Stories (December 2017).

Book Reviews

From Hospital to Home: Wendy Kline’s Coming Home: How Midwives Changed Birth,” Nursing Clio (May 2019).

“‘Acknowledgements in Essay Form:’ Briallen Hopper’s Hard to Love,” Nursing Clio (February 2019). 

Manuscripts in Progress (selected)

The Pill Hearings: Science, Politics, and Birth Control, book manuscript 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:

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

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

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)    

“‘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)


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

"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)

“‘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)

“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)

Additional Work Experience

2016-2017 Office Administrator, HERS Foundation, Bala Cynwyd, PA

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