Members’ Directory

Below is a list of some of our current members who have chosen to register with the members’ directory. Brief information about their research is available to the public. To access full biographical information and details about a person’s publications please click on their name; this section is password protected and is exclusive to members of the directory. To join the directory, please email perceptionsofpregnancy[at]

Catriona Aldrich-Green is working towards a MLitt in Dress and Textile Histories by pursuing an interest in maternity and maternity appropriate clothing of the nineteenth century and the cultural contexts of pregnancy at the time.

Morag Allan Campbell completed her PhD in Modern History at the University of St Andrews (UK).  Her research focuses on the experiences of nineteenth- and early-twentieth century women who suffered from childbearing-related mental illness.

Julia Allison Honorary Associate Professor, University of Nottingham. Research interests: midwife, historian, archivist.

Alicia Andrzejewski. Doctoral candidate in the department of English at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her thesis examines queer pregnancies in the plays of Shakespeare.

Leah Astbury Doctoral candidate in the department of history and the philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge. Research interests: health, medicine, childbirth

Lisa Bernstein Adjunct professor of writing, literature, and women’s studies at the University of Maryland University College.

Fran Bigman Recent PhD in English at Cambridge. Research interests: Abortion in literature and film, representations of reproductive technologies, feminist utopias/dystopian.

Paula Blair is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow. She works on the history of prenatal diagnostic testing.

Anna Bonnell-Freidin Doctoral candidate in classics at Princeton University. Research interests: childbirth, self-care, risk.

Jessica Borge An AHRC doctoral candidate at Birkbeck College. Research interests: Contraceptives, Marketing, 1960s Britain.

Rebecca Brione works in the field of Research and Partnership. She is an independent researcher, and her research interests include childbirth, risk and autonomy.

Jennifer Brosnan Doctoral candidate at the University of Leicester. Research interests: sex education, medicine, gender.

Benedikt Brunner is a Research Associate at the Leibniz-Institute of European History. His research interests are, among others, the history of death and birth in Early Modern Europe.

George Campbell Gosling A historian of medicine and charity in modern Britain and beyond. Research interests: charity, lying-in hospitals, health consumerism

Beth Widmaier Capo Professor of English, Illinois College. Research interests: birth control movement, Margaret Sanger, feminist women’s health movement in America.

Hannah Charnock Doctoral candidate at the University of Exeter. Research interests: Birth control, reproductive politics, history of the body.

Heather Cowan is a PhD student in the History Department at the University of Liverpool. Her thesis examines how abortion was defined and discussed in early modern England. Research interests: Reproductive politics, medicine and emotion.

Amy Creighton PhD student in the History Department at the University of York. Research interests: early modern, body history, midwifery.

Laura Cronin is researching perinatal instances of  insanity at the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies and the School of History, University College Cork, where she is an Irish Research Council funded scholar. Her research specialises in postpartum pathology and also traces the development of Latin gynaecology in print culture from c. 1500-1630.

Susan Crowther senior midwifery lecturer and rural locum caseload midwife in New Zealand. Research interests: Spiritual, sacred, birth.

Anija Dokter University of Cambridge. Research interests: sound, childbirth, feminism.

Elaine Farrell Lecturer in social history at Queen’s University Belfast. Research interests: infanticide, sexuality, childbirth.

Lara Freidenfelds Historian of women’s health, sex, and reproduction in America. Research interests: miscarriage, first trimester, early pregnancy loss.

Philomena Gorey Historian of midwifery and childbirth in eighteenth and nineteenth century Dublin.

Daniel J. R. Grey Lecturer in World History since 1800 at Plymouth University. Research interests: infanticide, postnatal depression, abortion.

Maureen Haaker is a Lecturer in Childhood Studies at University of Suffolk and PhD candidate at University of Essex. Research interests: subjectivity, constructions of the pregnant body, women’s views of pregnancy, and reproductive politics.

Jennifer Hardy is a PhD candidate at King’s College London working on the timing of conception, pregnancy and childbirth in early modern England.

Angelica Harris-Faull is a first year PhD candidate at the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia.

Carolyn Hastie Senior Lecturer in midwifery at Southern Cross University. Research interests: midwife, academic, researcher.

Karen Hearn Honorary Professor in the department of English language and literature, University College London. Research interests: pregnancy, portraits, history.

Violetta Hionidou is a Professor of Modern European History at Newcastle University. Research Interests: Medicine in Modern Greece.

Elaine Hobby Professor of seventeenth-century studies at Loughborough University. Research interests: 1540-1720, midwifery, women.

Elaine Jackson-Hunter. MA History Graduate and Early Modern Blogger @emhistblog. Her work focuses on ‘monstrous births’ in early modern England.

Julie Jakeway holds a MA in Local History from Leicester University. Her dissertation focused on the Norfolk Lunatic Asylum in the mid-nineteenth century. She is currently researching gender specific causes of insanity in the female patients between 1850 – 1870.

Lynsey Kavanagh, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Maynooth. Her research focuses on pregnancy and loss in contemporary Ireland.

Amy Kenny is a Visiting Assistant Professor at University California, Riverside. She is currently working on a book on wombs, entitled, Humoral Wombs on the Shakespearean Stage, under contract with Palgrave Literature, Science, and Medicine series.

Sophie Jones is a Wellcome Trust ISSF Postdoctoral Research in the School of English at the University of Leeds. Her research interests are in 20th Century, American Literature, and Medical Humanities.

Ben Kasstan is based in the Department of Anthropology and Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University. His research interests lie at the intersection of minority-state relations, bodily conducts and governance, and reproductive politics.

Karolina Kuberska is a member of a research team working on an ESRC project “Death before Birth” at the University of Birmingham.
Laura Lazzari is a researcher in the field of Motherhood Studies. She is currently a Scholar at the Catholic University of America – where she previously lectured and acted as Italian Program Coordinator – and an Affiliate Researcher at Franklin University Switzerland.
Ellen Malenas Ledoux is Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Study at Rutgers University. She works on working mothers in the 18th Century.
Lennart Lehmhaus is a Rothfeld Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
University of Pennsylvania.
Anna McFarlane is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Glasgow with a project entitled ‘Products of Conception: Science Fiction and Pregnancy, 1968-2015’. She is the editor of Adam Roberts: Critical Essays(Gylphi, 2016), and blog editor for the journal BMJ Medical Humanities.
Muiread Maguire is a Senior Lecturer in Russian at the University of Exeter. Her current book project is called Hideous Agonies: Men Writing Motherhood, which investigates how male authors appropriate female experiences.
Zaina Mahmoud is a final year Wellcome Trust-funded PhD candidate based at the Wellcome Centre at the University of Exeter. Their thesis compares the current regulatory frameworks for surrogacy in Britain and in California, using socio-legal and health research methods to understand surrogates’ lived experiences.
 Natalia Mesa is a trained gynecologist and obstetrician, and finishing the first years of an MSc in Medical Humanities at King´s College, London. She has a very strong interest in the history of medicine, especially in Ancient Greek and Roman history.
Paula Michaels Senior lecturer in modern history at Monash University. Research interests: natural childbirth, Lamaze, pain in childbirth.
Michelle Millar Fisher, a curator and architecture and design historian, is Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is completely her PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York. She lectures frequently on design, people, and the politics of things.
Kate Naylor is a PhD student at the University of Chester. Her research explores representations of the pregnant body in fiction, film and on social media.

Jesse Olszynko-Gryn is a historian of science, technology and medicine. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, he is currently writing a book on the history of pregnancy testing in twentieth-century Britain.

Christopher Orchard Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Research interests: Pregnancy, Politics, seventeenth century.

Daphna Oren-Magidor a fellow of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Research interests:infertility, family history, history of pregnancy

Emma O’Toole PhD candidate in the Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art & Design, Dublin. Research nterests: Material Culture, Parenthood, Infancy.

George Parker PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Auckland. Research interests: pregnancy, obesity, government policy.

Chelsea Phillips Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University. Research interests celebrity pregnancy, gender and repertory on the long eighteenth century stage.

Leah Phillips PhD candidate in the department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. Research interests: Sex education, contraception, pregnant embodiment.

Jennifer Redmond Lecturer in twentieth century Irish history at Maynooth University. Research interests: Unmarried mothers, emigration, illegitimate children.

Deborah Rodriguez Psychology Doctoral Candidate / Research Assistant Middlesex University. Research interests: adult attachment, second-time parenthood, qualitative mixed methods.

Katharina Rowold Senior Lecturer in History, University of Roehampton. Research Interests: motherhood, infancy and breastfeeding

Naomi Rendina Case Western Reserve University. Research interests: Modern America, History of medicine (contraception, abortion, pregnancy, and childbirth) Anthropology, and Consumerism.

Pasi Saarimäki Finnish history, Department of History and ethnology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Research interests: Illegitimacy, infanticide, the maintenance of illegitimate children.

Christina Schröder is a Ph.D. candidate at Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany. Her project is currently entitled: “The Female Body as an Object of Political-Dynastic Negotiations – Perspectives on Alleged and Actual Pregnancies of Aristocratic Widows in the 17th and 18th Centuries”. Further information on her research can be found here:

Shannon Stettner Post-doctoral visitor in the Department of Political Science at York University. Research interests: abortion, reproductive health, media and women’s rights

Anisah Tariq Research Associate at the Open University. Research interests: Preconception care, pregnancy, diabetes.

Sara B.T. Thiel is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Research interests:  pregnancy, performance, early modern.

Laurence Totelin Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Cardiff. Research interests: breastfeeding, history of gynaecology, feminism.

Miranda Waggoner is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State University. Research interests: medicine, public health, reproductive risk

Jamie Wagman Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and History at Saint Mary’s College. Research interests: contraception history, visual culture, U.S. 20th century history.

Erin Weinberg Sessional Instructor at the University of Alberta. She is currently working on a new monograph project on women pausing before pregnancy in Shakespeare’s comedies.

Rachel Williamson is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Her research looks at 21st century popular culture texts by mothers, which explore maternal subjectivity and experience.

Aimee Wilson  Assistant Professor of English, University of Kansas. Research interests:  Birth Control, reproductive rights, 20th century literature.

Amber Winick is a writer, design historian, and recipient of two Fulbright Awards. She received her MA from the Bard Graduate Center. She lectures frequently on design, people, and the politics of things.

Amanda Zoch is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellow for 2017-2018.


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