I am a historian of science and medicine and Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Culture, and History at the University of Michigan.
My research has focused on the history of eugenics and the uses and misuses of genetics in the United States and Latin America. I have also written about the history of public health, infectious diseases, and tropical medicine. Through these topics, I have explored the dynamics of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, social difference, and reproductive politics. I believe that historical research and analysis can provide important coordinates for understanding and navigating contemporary dilemmas in health, especially when it comes to reproductive health and genetic technologies.
Program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice
Latina/o Studies Program
Science, Technology, and Society Program
Center for Social Epidemiology and Public Health
Center for Genetics and Society (Network to Address California’s Eugenics History)
Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada