PUBLISHED WORKS

Coming Home

Oxford University Press

2019

By the mid-twentieth century, two things appeared destined for extinction in the United States: the practice of home birth and the profession of midwifery. Who were these self-proclaimed midwives and how did they learn their trade?

NOW IN PAPERBACK!

2010

Bodies of Knowledge

University of Chicago Press

Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, women argued that unless they gained access to information about their own bodies, there would be no equality. This argument paved the way for an important contribution to the study of the bodies—that marked the lives—of feminism’s second wave.

Building a Better Race

University of California Press

2001

Analyzing a wide assortment of sources, including novels, women’s magazines, patient records, and scientific treatises, this book argues that eugenics has been central to modern ideas such as gender, sexuality, and the family.

SELECTED ARTICLES

“Psychedelic Birth: Bodies, Boundaries, and the Perception of Pain in the 1970s,”

Gender and History, Vol. 32 (1), pp. 70-85, March 2020.

“Back to Bed: From Hospital to Home Obstetrics in the City of Chicago,” Journal of
the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Vol. 73 (1), pp. 29-51, January 2018

“Communicating a New Consciousness: Countercultural Print and the Home Birth
Movement in the 1970s,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine vol 89, Fall 2015

BLOG POSTS

“Writing Gender into Eugenics,” posted November 19, 2020, on H-Eugenics

"A Historian's Reflection on Music and Psychedelics"

posted December 17, 2020, on Chacruna

OP-ED PIECES

“COVID-19 Exposes the Need for Midwives,” May 5, 2020

“Why Rumors of a Royal Home Birth were Greeted

So Differently in the U.K. and the U.S.,” May 7 2019

“Trump’s Latest Assault on Women: Why Banning the CDC from using certain

words has major political ramifications,” Washington Post, December 18, 2017

“To Lower Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates, We Need More Midwives,”

Washington Post, January 16, 2019

“The Exam Room Controversy that Puts Women at Risk,”

Washington Post, June 1, 2018

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