Judith A. Houck
Title: Associate Professor
Associate Professor Judy Houck is currently working on a book project tentatively entitled, Looking Through the Speculum: Feminist Health Projects in California, 1969-2010. Focusing on four women’s health clinics in California, her work explores several questions about social movements, women’s bodies, and feminist institutions. They include: How did health feminists position bodily control as central to the larger feminist movement? How did radical feminist politics transform in the process of institution building? How did identity politics inform the shape and mission of feminist health institutions? How did health activists simultaneously work for social change while delivering social services? This project demonstrates how feminist projects, even those joined by their interest in women’s health, traveled distinct paths and built distinct institutions. While all of these clinics were part of national feminist and health reform movements, local politics--medical, sexual, racial, and radical--influenced the form and the content of feminist health provision.
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).
This year, she is the chair of Gender and Women’s Studies and continues as the book review editor of the Journal of Medical History and Allied Sciences (since October 2012).
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, History of Science and Medicine, 1998
"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).
"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).
Judith A. Houck, "'What Do These Women Want?' Feminist Responses to Feminine Forever," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 77 (2003), 103-132.
MHB 275: Science, Medicine, and Race: A History (Syllabus)