Personal Statement:

Carolyn Herbst Lewis received her PhD in American women’s history in 2007. From 2008-2013, she was Assistant Professor of History at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 2013, she joined the faculty at Grinnell College, where she currently is Assistant Professor of History. Lewis has been the recipient of many awards for teaching and scholarship, including a 2012-2013 postdoctoral fellowship from the American Association of University Women. A specialist in the intertwined histories of gender, sex, and medicine in the United States, Lewis’ first book, Prescription for Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010; pb 2013), considered the definitions of sexual health crafted by the American medical profession in the postwar decades. More recently, Lewis has researched and published on the history of American obstetrician Joseph Bolivar DeLee and the Chicago Maternity Center (formerly the Chicago Lying-in Hospital and Dispensary). Lewis’s current project is a history of wife-swapping in postwar America. In the past, she has written for the scholarly blog, Nursing Clio, which she co-founded.

Dissertation Title:

Coitus Perfectus: The Medicalization of Heterosexuality in the Cold War United States

Faculty Advisor(s):

Leila Rupp