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Emily Seitz

Emily Seitz

PhD Candidate and Instructor

117 Pond Lab
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-6737

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. Doctoral Candidate in Dual-title History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
  2. MA, The Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  3. BA, York College of Pennsylvania, 2008

Biography:

I am a doctoral candidate and instructor in the Departments of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, where I've taught the introductory bioethics course, served as a teaching assistant for the introductory European history course, and held various research assistantships.  My current research focuses on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century medicine, public health campaigns, and the construction of the maternal-fetal relationship.  I’m currently at work on a dissertation titled “What About the Woman?: Managing Maternal Mortality in Philadelphia, 1850-1873,” which asks how turn of the twentieth-century campaigns to lower the United States’ high infant mortality rates affected women’s health and altered the boundaries of the maternal-fetal relationship.  My work has been supported by the Francis Clark Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections, the Kautz Family YMCA Archives at the University of Minnesota, and the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science.  I've volunteered with several women’s health organizations, and prior to returning to graduate school I worked in advocacy for Planned Parenthood and in fundraising for a National Public Radio affiliate and a history museum.  You can find me on LinkedIn and Academia.edu.

Awards and Service:

External Grants and Awards

  • Clarke Chambers Travel Fellowship, Kautz Family YMCA Archives, University of Minnesota, January 2016
  • M. Louise Carpenter Gloeckner, M.D. Summer Research Fellowship, Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections, Summer 2015
  • Francis Clark Wood Institute for the History of Medicine Travel Grant, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Summer 2015
  • Conference Travel Grant, Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, March 2014

Home University Grants and Awards

  • Charles Joseph Lindstrom Graduate Fellowship in the Richards Civil War Era Center, Spring 2016
  • McCourtney Family Graduate Scholarship, April 2015
  • Best Historiography Paper, Ann Richards Paper Competition, February 2015
  • Mark and Lucy M. Stitzer Fund Grant, June 2013, June 2014
  • Carl M. Isham Graduate Award, June 2013
  • Constance Sheehan Graduate Support Fund in Women’s Studies, August 2012
  • Millard E. Glatfelter Travel/Research Scholarship, August 2007
  • Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, Alpha Theta Tau Chapter, Inducted March 2007

Service

  • Co-Organizer, Fourth Annual Emerging Scholars Workshop: New Perspectives on Racial and State Violence in the African Diaspora, Penn State University, University Park, PA, April 1-2, 2016
  • Graduate Student Association Representative to the Faculty, Department of History, Penn State University, August 2014 - May 2015
  • Graduate Student Association Representative, Department of History, Penn State University, August 2013 – May 2014
  • Treasurer, Women’s Studies Graduate Student Organization, Penn State University, August 2013 – May 2014
  • Co-organizer, The Future of Women’s Studies and Women’s Studies of the Future, 13th Annual Penn State Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Conference, University Park, PA, April 5, 2014
  • Board Member, Planned Parenthood Keystone, July 2011-June 2013
  • Junior Board Member, YWCA York, June 2011-July 2012

Recent Courses:

RLST 131/PHIL 132: Introduction to Bioethics
HIST 002
: The Western Heritage II, Introduction to European History, 1648-Present (TA)

Specialty:

19th-century U.S. History
Women/Gender

Dissertation:

"What About the Woman?: Managing Maternal Mortality in Philadelphia, 1850-1973"

Dissertation Chair(s):

Lori D. Ginzberg

Research Interests:

19th- and early 20th-century U.S. history, history of medicine and the body, history of genders and sexualities, bioethics, public health, maternal/fetal relationship, feminist science studies
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