Jennifer Nelson

Professor, Womens Studies

Degrees: Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, Ph.D., 1999; Brown University, BA, 1989

Office: Womens Studies, Larsen Hall #206

Office Hours: T Th 1:30 – 2:30 and by appt.

Phone: 909/748-8729 Campus Ext. 8729



Research and Areas of Expertise

Since completing my first book in 2003, I have been researching public health activism among women and men of color from 1930 until the present. I have currently published two articles on this subject (and one more is in revision) focusing on the public health activism performed in support of black women’s health as well as the public health activism done by black women themselves.

Background Highlights

My first book, "Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement," was published by NYU Press in 2003. I am in the process of writing a second book titled "Achieving Wellness: Race, Gender and the History of a Movement for Community Health."

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Feminist Community Engagement
  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • African American Women’s History
  • Comparative Feminisms
  • History of Sexuality in the United States
  • History of Women in the United States: Twentieth Century
  • Contemporary Feminist Theories
  • Feminist Research Methods
  • I’m Not a Feminist But . . . : Women’s Liberation in the 21st Century

Degrees Held

  • Brown University, BA, 1989
  • Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, Ph.D., 1999

Previous Teaching Experience

I taught Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers, SUNY—New Paltz, and The University of Mississippi before coming to University of Redlands.

Publications, Presentations and Panels

“’All this that has happened to me shouldn’t happen to nobody else’: Loretta Ross and the Women of Color Reproductive Freedom Movement of the 1980s,” The Journal of Women’s History, forthcoming, 2010.

“Health Care Reconsidered: Forging Community Wellness among African Americans in the South,” The Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81:3 (2007).

“‘Hold your head up and stick out your chin’: Community Health and Women’s Health in Mound Bayou, Mississippi,” National Women’s Studies Association Journal 17:1 (2005).

“‘Abortions under community control’: Feminism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Reproduction Among New York City's Young Lords,” The Journal of Women's History 13:1 (2001).

Professional Affiliations

Jennifer Nelson is an active member of the National Women’s Studies Association.

Jennifer Nelson is the Faculty Advisor for WRW.

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