Associate Professor Judy Houck is currently working on a book project tentatively entitled, Looking Through the Speculum: Feminist Health Praxis, 1969-2010. Focusing on four women’s health clinics in California, her work explores several questions about social movements, women’s bodies, and feminist institutions. They include: How did health feminists position bodily control as central to the larger feminist movement? How did radical feminist politics transform in the process of institution building? How did identity politics inform the shape and mission of feminist health institutions? How did health activists simultaneously work for social change while delivering social services? This project demonstrates how feminist projects, even those joined by their interest in women’s health, traveled distinct paths and built distinct institutions. While all of these clinics were part of national feminist and health reform movements, local politics--medical, sexual, racial, and radical--influenced the form and the content of feminist health provision.
She is happy to supervise graduate projects in the history of medicine, health, bodies, reproduction, sexuality, and disease.
In 2012 she also became the book review editor for the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. In 2013 she became Chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.
HM/HS 275: Science, Medicine, and Race: A History
Selected Publications:“The Best Prescription for Women’s Health: Feminist Approaches to Well-Woman Care,” in Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America, eds. Jeremy A. Greene and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).
Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine, and Menopause in Modern America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006).
"'What Do These Women Want?' Feminist Responses to Feminine Forever, 1963-1980," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 77 (2003): 103-132.
"How to Treat a Menopausal Woman: A History, 1900-2000,"Current Woman's Health Reports 2 (2000): 349-355.