Bridget Gurtler, PhD

Research interests: History of medicine and public health in America from the nineteenth century to the present; history of biomedical sciences, gender and sexuality. Has a particular interest in the history of reproduction, reproductive technologies, and the family.

Her current book project examines the evolution of assisted reproduction and parenthood in American medicine, families, and society. Focusing on the two hundred year history of artificial insemination, it investigates how popular and scientific ideas about gendered bodies, heredity, and risk shaped the transformation of sperm into a (frozen) commodity, were pivotal to separating the act of sex from reproduction, and laid the institutional foundations for the modern fertility industry.

Her future research will focus on key medical technologies (especially, surgical innovations) that have changed the experience and understanding of healthy aging in America.

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