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  • Jacqueline Antonovich is the creator, co-founder, and editor-in-chief of Nursing Clio. She is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on gender, medicine, and politics in the Progressive-Era American West.
  • Carrie Adkins is a co-founder of Nursing Clio. She recently earned her doctorate in history from the University of Oregon. Her dissertation explores the ways that women influenced the developing medical specialties of gynecology and obstetrics in the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century United States.
  • Carolyn Herbst Lewis is a co-founder of Nursing Clio. She is the author of Prescription for Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era (UNC Press, 2010). Her current project is a history of the Chicago Maternity Center.
  • Meggan Woodbury Bilotte I am a co-founder of Nursing Clio. Originally from Wyoming, I am now one of the many transplants to call Madison, Wisconsin home. I am a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a mother, a partner, a teacher, and a student of the world. In my academic life I study midwifery, motherhood, and modernity in the American West. In my home life I study crayon drawings and the physics of flying kisses.
  • Elizabeth Reis is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex and Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England. She is also the editor of American Sexual Histories: A Social and Cultural History Reader.
  • Adam Turner is a co-founder and the technical editor and web developer of Nursing Clio. He’s a history PhD candidate and teaching fellow at the University of Oregon. He studies the histories of science and medicine in the 20th-century United States. His work explores the history of genetic counseling as it relates to reproduction, disability, and medicine. You can reach him on twitter @admturner.
  • Austin C. McCoy is a Phd Candidate in History at the University of Michigan. His research interests include post-World War II US political and urban history. He is working on a dissertation analyzing how left urban populists addressed economic crisis in rustbelt cities during the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Helen McBride I just graduated with my MA in History and Gender & Women Studies in May 2012 from the University of Wyoming. I am now working for a local College back home in Northern Ireland. My academic interests include gender and conflict resolution. I also enjoy spotting sexism in local newspapers – an exhausting, never-ending hobby.
  • Lara Freidenfelds, Ph.D., is a historian of sex, reproduction and women’s health in America, and the author of The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America. In addition to writing for Nursing Clio, she blogs about the historian’s perspective on sex, reproduction and women’s health at, and offers a monthly e-newsletter with updates on her book-in-progress, Counting Chickens Before They Hatch?: Miscarriage in American Culture.
  • Ginny Engholm recently completed her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in the department of English. Her interdisciplinary dissertation, titled “The Power of Multiplying: Reproductive Control in American Culture, 1850-1930,” traces the rise of modern birth control in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her current work-in–progress examines miscarriage, pregnancy loss, and stillbirth in American culture. She teaches at a small college in the Liberal Arts department in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Sarah Handley-Cousins is a PhD candidate at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she is currently hard at work on a dissertation about the lives of disabled and troubled Union Civil War veterans.
  • Ian Lekus teaches in the LGBT Studies Program at the University of Maryland and at the Cornell-in-Washington Program. An LGBT Thematic Specialist for Amnesty International USA, he is completing his first book, Queer and Present Dangers: Masculinity, Sexuality, and the Sixties. You can reach him on Twitter @ianlekus.


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  1. Patryce A. Smith PhD #

    Nice to read that many women today are concerned with the health issues and current takeover of women…One of my 80 yr. old friends can’t believe these “idiots” want to take women back 60 years” Is what she tells me. Having completed my PhD in Natural Health, May 2011 at the age of 62 I am amazed that the systems which are referred to as health care (really sick care) and profit gods for pharmamafia and other corporations.
    Happy I found your blog dissertation is titled “Supporting the Healing Process; The Essential Triad of the Mind, Body and Spirit”…Taking your power back from those that have tried to make the normal life cycle of women one disease or another. Empowerment of the Self through natural holistic health care techniques help women, men, and children as it does for our Mother Earth too.

    October 4, 2012
    • #Patryce A, Smith PhD. I am glad to have stumbled upon your reply in this blog post. Your dissertation title intrigues me, as I am a retired RN (currently 65) and have recently “re-invented myself” as a wellness advocate interested in ” Empowerment of the Self through natural holistic health care techniques help women, men, and children as it does for our Mother Earth too.”. Do you have a website/blog or other means for us to connect? ~ Miryam

      June 25, 2014
  2. JF #

    So many beautiful and smart women in one place! History of our bodies and sex in politics! Looking forward to every readable post! Best to all of you! ;)

    June 15, 2014

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