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Department of History


Bethany Johnson

Title: Graduate Student
PhD (History of Science, Technology and Environment)
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Bethany Johnson

Advisor: Dr. Joseph November

Education: M.A. in American Studies, The New School University, MPhil in Development Studies, University of Glasgow, B.A. in History, Nyack College

Bio: Bethany L. Johnson (MPhil, M.A.) is a doctoral student in history at the University of South Carolina. I study how science, medical technology, and public health discourses are framed and reproduced by institutions and individuals relying on structural privilege from the 19th century to the present. My fields of study include STEM history, particularly medical history with a focus on epidemics, endocrinology and reproductive health, as well as women’s and gender history and American history from 1877-Present. I have published in interdisciplinary journals such as Health Communication, Women & Language, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare and Women's Reproductive Health.  My book, co-authored with Dr. Margaret M. Quinlan of University of North Carolina at Charlotte, You’re Doing it Wrong! Mothering, Media and Medical Expertise is available now through Rutgers University Press. Recently, my research has been featured on Vox, The Professor is In and Fatherly.  From the Organization for the Study of Gender, Language and Communication, I’ve received the Feminist Mentor-Teacher Award (2017), the Outstanding Competitive Paper Award (2017) and the Creative Expression Award (2018). Cards resulting from the study, “Greetings in the Gap: Research-based (In)fertility Greeting Cards,” were exhibited in three The ART of Infertility installations.



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