U.S.: Early America; Social history of American medicine; Women's history
Wesleyan University, B.A., 1984
Yale University, Ph.D., 1997
Colonial America, especially women’s history and the history of medicine; History of women’s health; history of the family
Work in progress
A cultural history of biological motherhood in America, from the Colonial period through the mid-nineteenth century
- The Healer’s Calling: Women and Medicine in Colonial New England, Cornell University Press, 2002.
- “Elizabeth Drinker’s Female Line: Mothers, Daughters, and Kinship In Eighteenth Century America” in Andrea O’Reilly, ed., Feminist Mothering, forthcoming, SUNY press, 2005.
- “The Housewife as Healer: Medicine as Women’s Work in Colonial New England” Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, 26 2003.
- “Mary Hale and Ann Edmonds: Gender, Women’s Work, and Health in Colonial Massachusetts,” in Eric Arnesen, ed., The Human Tradition in American Labor History, Scholarly Resources, 2002.
- “What is Best to be Done for these Fevers: Elizabeth Davenport’s Medical Practice in New Haven Colony” The New England Quarterly, June: 265-284, 1997.
- “Earnestness, Temperance, Industry: The Definitions and Uses of Professional Character Among Nineteenth Century American Physicians” J. Hist. Med. Allied Sci. 49: 251-283, 1994.