About

I am a historian of medicine, law, and public health in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I earned my Ph.D. in May 2016 from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and am a faculty fellow in the Georgia State University’s College of Law’s Center for Law, Health, and Society. My teaching has received GSU’s Certificate of Excellence in College Teaching from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

My current book project focuses on the legal and medical history of the birth control movement in the United States, and its relationship to public health initiatives and the broader women’s movement. My published and in-progress research focuses on the intersections of medical authority and expertise, women’s health, and public health policy.   I am an editor for the Nursing Clio history blog, an H-NET editor for the H-Disability list, and I have a background in Public History. Before returning for my doctorate, I worked for various history museums and state agencies on historic garden preservation, public history projects, and Section 106 federal and state historic resource protection.You can find me on Twitter at @lmacthompson1 or at Academia.edu.

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