Dissertation: History of Genetic Counseling
My dissertation explores the history of genetic counseling and human genetics in the United States between roughly 1930 and the 1980s. It looks particularly at the interactions — between clients, counselors, geneticists, and physicians — and multiple perspectives on difference, disease, and disability that shaped the field and at the same time influenced ideas about reproduction, responsibility, and the line between difference and disorder.
I am a co-founder, technical editor, and contributing author on Nursing Clio, a collaborative blog project that ties historical scholarship to present-day political, social, and cultural issues surrounding gender and medicine. Nursing Clio‘s mission is to provide a platform for historians, health care workers, community activists, students, and the public at large to engage in social, political, and cultural critiques of the ongoing and historical debate over the gendered body, and other issues outside of medicine that catch our attention.