Alexandra Lord

Alexandra Lord

Chair and Curator

A.B., Vassar College
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Specialties: 

History of public health, sex education, the medicalization of suicide, urbanization and public health

Projects: 

Founder and Editor, The Ultimate History Project (www.ultimatehistoryproject.com)

Condom Nation: The U.S. Government’s Sex Education Campaign from World War I to the Internet (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).
▫ British Medical Association Award: Best Popular Book on Medicine, 2010.
▫ British Medical Association Award:  Best Book Furthering Understanding of Science and Medicine, 2010.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

▪ “‘Naturally Clean and Wholesome:’ Women, Sex Education, and the United States Public Health Service, 1918-1928,” Social History of Medicine, Winter, 2004.

▪ “Learning the Washington Way:’ The United States Public Health Service and the Problem of Sex Education, 1919-1996,” Occasional Papers of the Society of History in the Federal Government, March, 2004.

▪ “Models of Masculinity: Sex Education, the YMCA, and the United States Public Health Service, 1918-1924,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Spring, 2003.

▪ “‘The Great Arcana of the Deity:’ Menstruation in Eighteenth-Century British Medical Thought,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Spring, 1998. 

Winner: Richard Harrison Shryock Medal, American Association for the History of Medicine.

Articles About Graduate Education in History

▪“Our Secret Nonacademic Histories,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 26, 2012.

▪ “The Sweet Spot,” (Solicited), The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 3, 2012.

▪ “History Matters,” (Solicited), Perspectives, December 2011.

▪  “Changing History,” Co-authored with Michelle McClellan, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 13, 2011.

▪ “Sharing the Driving,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 13, 2011.

▪ “And If You Just Don’t Go?” The Chronicle of Higher Education May 18, 2010.

▪ “Whose Job Is It Anyway?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 4, 2010.

▪ “Plan B,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 13, 2009. 

▪ “An Object Lesson,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 1, 2007. 

▪ “Conference Confidential,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 30, 2007.

▪ “Outside, Over There,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 13, 2005.

▪ “The View from Outside the Ivory Tower,” Perspectives, January, 2005.

Exhibits

Guardians at the Gate: Ellis Island and the Public Health Service, Web Exhibit, Office of the

Public Health Service Historian, 2008.

The Great Pandemic of 1918-1919, Web Exhibit Done in Conjunction with The Office of the

 Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2007 (http://www.flu.gov/pandemic/history/1918/)

Uniform Standards: Nursing Within the Public Health Service, Traveling Exhibit, 2007.

Protecting the Nation’s Health: The Public Health Service, Traveling Exhibit (Exhibited in Detroit, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, and Oakland), 2005.

Answering the Nation’s Call: The Cadet Nurse Corps, Department of Health and Human Service, 2005.

On Guard Against Disease: The Commissioned Corps, Department of Health and Human Services, 2003.

A Great and Terrible Scourge: The Battle to Eradicate Smallpox, The National Library of Medicine, 2002.

Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 

J. Elliot Royer Post-Doctoral Fellow in the History of Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco.

Professional Affiliations: 

Vice President, National Council on Public History