My research and writing focuses on historical and contemporary issues in women’s reproductive and sexual health. My book, coming out this fall, is on the history of female circumcision and clitoridectomy in the United States as medical therapy, called, appropriately enough, Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States: A History of a Medical Treatment. More about this book, and this topic, can be found on the FEMALE CIRCUMCISION & CLITORIDECTOMY page.
Most of my publications have been within academic journals, and they are listed below. I recently wrote one on the history of female circumcision for Pacific Standard; this is available on the FEMALE CIRCUMCISION & CLITORIDECTOMY page.
MAJOR ACADEMIC ARTICLES:
“Watching the Watch-Glass: Miriam Menkin and One Woman’s Work in Reproductive Science, 1938-1952,” Women’s Studies (forthcoming 2014).
“Female Sexuality and Consent in Public Discourse: James Burt’s ‘Love Surgery’,” Archives of Sexual Behavior (April 2013): 343-351.
“Pathways to the Future: Points to Consider for Oncofertility Oversight” co-authored with Lisa Campo-Engelstein, Marla Clayman, Caprice Knapp, Gwendolyn Quinn, and Laurie Zoloth, Journal of Cancer Survivorship (March 2013): 140-145.
“Fertile Future? Potential Social Implications of Oncofertility,” co-authored with Lisa Campo-Engelstein and Linda Emanuel, Journal of Clinical Oncology (February 2013): 665-667.
“The Organ-That-Must-Not-Be-Named: Female Genitals and Generalized References,” co-authored with Toby Schonfeld, Hastings Center Report (May-June 2012): 19-21.
“Conceiving Ethical Gamete and Embryo Research in a Post-Dickey Wicker United States,” co-authored with Lisa Campo-Engelstein, Candace Tingen, and Teresa K. Woodruff, Science and Public Policy (February 2012): 129-132.
“Conceiving Wholeness: Women, Motherhood, and Ovarian Transplantation, 1902 and 2004,” co-authored with Lisa Campo-Engelstein, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Summer 2011): 409-416.
“Two Chicks in a Lab with Eggs: A Model for Future Medical Humanities and Bioethics Postdoctoral Fellowships, ”co-authored with Lisa Campo-Engelstein, in response to the call for papers on new issues in bioethics for the 40th anniversary issue, Hastings Center Report (May-June 2011): 21-23.
“Infertility, Cancer, and Historical and Contemporary Cultural Narratives of Gender,” co-authored with Lisa Campo-Engelstein and Shauna Gardino, Journal of Cancer Survivorship (June 2011): 152-157.
"An Obscure Rider Obstructing Science: The Conflation of Parthenotes with Embryos in the Dickey-Wicker Amendment,” co-authored with Candace Tingen, Lisa Campo-Engelstein, and Teresa K. Woodruff, American Journal of Bioethics (March 2011): 20-28.
“Practical Parthenote Policy and the Practice of Science,” co-authored with Candace Tingen, Lisa Campo-Engelstein, and Teresa K. Woodruff, American Journal of Bioethics (March 2011): W1-2.
“Insuring Against Infertility: Expanding State Infertility Mandates to Include Fertility Preservation Technologies for Cancer Patients,” co-authored with Daniel Basco and Lisa Campo-Engelstein, Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (Winter 2010): 832-839.
“Politics and Parthenotes,” co-authored with Candace Tingen, Lisa Campo-Engelstein, and Teresa K. Woodruff, Science (October 22, 2010): 453.
“Rethinking the History of Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy: Medicine and Female Sexuality in the Late Nineteenth Century,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (July 2008): 323-347.
“Cutting History, Cutting Culture: Female Circumcision in the United States,” co-authored with Toby Schonfeld, American Journal of Bioethics (Spring 2003): 66-67.