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Judith A. Houck

Title: Associate Professor

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, and Chair, Gender and Women's Studies

Biography

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).

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).

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).

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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