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. This research culminated in my second book, just published this spring, More Than Medicine: A History of the Feminist Women’s Health Movement (NYU Press, 2015). 

Background Highlights

My first book, Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement, was published by NYU Press in 2003. I am currently completing a co-edited collection with Professor Barbara Molony of Santa Clara University. The collection fills a much needed gap in transnational feminist history. It is called Women’s Activism and “Second Wave” Feminism: Transnational Histories and will be published in the spring of 2016.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  •  Comparative Feminisms
  •  History of Sexuality in the United States
  •  Contemporary Feminist Theories: Women in Film
  • Sex Work: Interdisciplinary Methods
  • Pregnancy & Power
  • Senior Seminar

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.
Article Publications

  • “‘Breaking the Chain of Poverty’: Family Planning and the Population Council/Office of Economic Opportunity Alliance." Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 69 (1) 2014.
  • “‘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, 22:3 (2010).
  • “Health Care Reconsidered: Forging Community Wellness among African Americans in the South,” The Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81:3 (2007).
  • ”Using Blogs and Wikis in the Women’s Studies Classroom,” Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women’s Studies Resources 27:2 (2006).
  • “‘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, the Berkshires Conference of Women Historians, and the Western Association of Women’s Historians.


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