Sara Matthiesen, class of 2015

Sara Matthiesen is an Assistant Professor at George Washington University where her scholarship focuses on modern U.S. history, with an emphasis on gender, race, sexuality, and reproduction after 1945. Her current book, Reproduction Reconceived (University of California Press), examines battles over the right to family making since the 1970s. This project traces a number of debates between activists and public institutions in order to understand how family making was reconceptualized as a choice by the end of the 20th century. Her work has been published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Review, and Women’s Review of Books. Prior to joining the faculty at George Washington she was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University. Matthiesen also teaches in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the George Washington University.