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Judith A. Houck

Title: Evjue Bascom Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies

Interests: History of women's health, American medicine, medicine and sexuality, race
 and medicine, science and gender.

Email:jahouck@wisc.edu
Phone:(608) 263-6287
Fax:(608) 265-0486

Office:Room 1419, Medical Sciences Center

Affiliations: History of Science, Gender and Women’s Studies

Biography

I am currently working on a book project tentatively entitled, Looking Through the Speculum: Feminist Health, 1969-2010. In this manuscript, I focus on an interrelated set of ideas, practices, and institutions. The women’s health movement was founded on a few guiding principles. Most significantly, the women of the movement believed that women should retake or retain control of their healthy bodies rather than turning them over to physicians. Further, they believed that women should see themselves and other women as critical resources for building a feminist knowledge base centered on women’s embodied experience. Finally, they identified organized medicine as one of many institutions that sought to control women by controlling their bodies and the information about those bodies. Health feminists enacted these beliefs through a variety of feminist practices. This book concentrates on three: cervical self-exam and self-help gynecology; feminist healthcare provision including abortion; and feminist research and knowledge creation. Finally, this book examines how these principles and practices were instantiated in feminist institutions–women’s health clinics.

Part of this work, “The Best Prescription for Women’s Health: Feminist Approaches to Well-Woman Care,” was recently published in Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America, eds. Jeremy A. Greene and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). See also “Lesbian Health Matters: The History of An Evolving Concept” for International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2015.

In 2012, I became the book review editor of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. I am now its associate editor. I am on leave 2017-18.

Curriculum Vitae

Judith A. Houck's C.V.

Education

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, History of Science and Medicine, 1998

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, History of Science and Medicine, 1994

B.A., St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM, Liberal Arts, 1985

Books

"Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine, and Menopause in Modern America" book cover image Judith A. Houck, Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine, and Menopause in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2006).

Selected Book Sections

"Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America" book cover image "The Best Prescription for Women's Health: Feminist Approaches to Well-Woman Care" section in Jeremy A. Greene and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, eds., Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).

"Controversies in Science and Technology Volume 1: From Maize to Menopause" book cover image "The Medicalization of Menopause in America, 1897-2000: Mapping the Terrain" section in Daniel Lee Kleinman, Abby J. Kinchy, and Jo Handelsman, eds., Controversies in Science and Technology Volume 1: From Maize to Menopause (Wisconsin University Press, 2005).

Selected Articles

Judith A. Houck, "'What Do These Women Want?' Feminist Responses to Feminine Forever," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 77 (2003), 103-132.

Judith A. Houck, "How to Treat a Menopausal Woman: A History, 1900-2000," Current Woman's Health Reports 2 (2002), 349-355.

Courses taught

MHB 275: Science, Medicine, and Race: A History (Syllabus)
MHB 524: The Medical History of Sex and Sexuality (Syllabus)
MHB 531: Women and Health in American History (Syllabus)
MHB 532: A History of the (American) Body (Syllabus)
MHB 919: A History of Health Activism: Gender, Race, and Sexuality (Syllabus)
GWS 720: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Gender and Women's Studies (Syllabus)

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