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Associate Director of Women's and Gender Studies, Professor of Practice in Women's and Gender Studies History rholz2@unl.edu (402) 472-9380 325D Louise Pound Hall
BIO

I like to draw, paint, cook, garden, and think about the past. I also like to teach, such things as the history of women and gender, the history of sexuality, the history of medicine, and US history more generally. My first story (“Nurse Gordon on Trial: Those Early Days of the Birth Control Clinic Movement Reconsidered”) was published in the Journal of Social History in the fall of 2005. My first book, The Birth Control Clinic in a Marketplace World, was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2012 as part of its History of Medicine Series.

At its simplest, my book tells the story of Planned Parenthood from the clinic angle from the teens through the early 1970s. But it also describes the relationship the charity organization carved out with respect to the commercial contraceptive world, from door-to-door traveling peddlers to large-scale pharmaceutical manufacturing houses, a story far more complex (and far more relevant) than has been previously imagined.

Now that this project is done, however, I have begun to move on to other things. Of late this seems to be a preoccupation with Dr. Robert L. Dickinson (1861-1950) -- gynecologist, sexologist, and artist extraordinaire -- and the hugely influential Birth Series sculptures he created in 1939 with fellow artist Abram Belskie. Together, I am beginning to realize, they created quite a stir the effects of which still ripple in reproductive politics today.

PUBLICATIONS

The Birth Control Clinic in a Marketplace World (University of Rochester Press, 2012). URP’s Medical History Series.

“The 1939 Dickinson-Belskie Birth Series Sculptures: The Rise of Modern Visions of Pregnancy, the Roots of Modern Pro-Life Imagery, and Dr. Dickinson's Religious Case for Abortion,” Journal of Social History 51:4 (June 2018): 980-1022.

“‘Art in the Service of Medical Education:’ The 1939 Dickinson-Belskie Birth Series and the Use of Sculpture to Teach the Process of Human Development from Fertilization Through Delivery,” in Visualizing the Body in Art, Anatomy and Medicine Since 1800: Models and Modeling, edited by Andrew Graciano (Routledge, 2019).

“Why the Classroom is a Sacred Place for Me and Why I'll Keep Venturing Out Into 'No-Man's Land'...Even During these Abortion Wars,” The American Historian (February 2017).

“Nurse Gordon on Trial: Those Early Days of the Birth Control Clinic Movement Reconsidered,” Journal of Social History 39:1 (Fall 2005): 112-140.

TEACHING

WMNS 101 (Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies)

HIST 201 (America to 1877); now called HIST 110

HIST 202 (America after 1877); now called HIST 111

HIST/WMNS 204 (Women and Gender in US History)

HMED 397 (Directed Experiences in Health Care)

WMNS 400 (Senior Seminar)

HIST/WMNS 4/802 (History of Sexuality in 19th and 20th Century America)

WMNS 4/885 (Feminist Theories, Feminists' Perspectives)

AWARDS AND HONORS

Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award, College of Arts and Sciences, UNL, 2019.

Faculty Fellow on Student Success, Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office, UNL, 2018-2019.

Francis A. Countway Library Fellowship in the History of Medicine for “Dr. Robert L. Dickinson and the Making of a Modern Pro-Life Nation,” 2015-16.

UNL's College of Arts & Sciences ENHANCE Grant for “Dr. Robert L. Dickinson and the Making of a Modern Pro-Life Nation,” 2015.

Humanities Nebraska Grant for “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War,” 2014.

Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, UNL, 2012.

Nebraska Arts Council Grant for the “No Limits Conference,” 2007.

Social Science Research Council Sexuality Research Fellowship for “The Birth Control Clinic,” 1998-99.

UIUC History Department Fellowship for “The Birth Control Clinic,” 1997.

American Institute for the History of Pharmacy Dissertation Research Grant for “The Birth Control Clinic,” 1997.

Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College Dissertation Research Grant for “The Birth Control Clinic,” 1997.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Dissertation Research Grant for “The Birth Control Clinic,” 1997.

UIUC Women’s Studies Grant for Feminist Scholarship for “The Birth Control Clinic,” 1996.

INTERVIEWS

Emma Kopplin, “UNL Professor Leads Judgment-Free Discussions on Abortion,” Daily Nebraskan, February 1, 2019.

Sarah Mirk, “In Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education,” Bitch, April 23, 2014.

CURRICULUM VITAE
EDUCATION

Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.A., History and German, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

19th and 20th Century U.S.;
History of Women and Gender;
History of Sexuality;
History of Medicine;
Feminist Theory