Brooke Lansing

Brooke Lansing is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining the 2021-22 cohort of AGHI Fellows, Brooke was a 2020-21 Fellow with the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine at Johns Hopkins. She received the 2019-20 Fellowship in the History of American Obstetrics and Gynecology from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a Larry J. Hackman Research Residency at the New York State Archives in 2020. She taught the undergraduate course “History of American Reproductive Politics” at JHU with the support of a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship in Spring 2021.  Brooke’s departmental service has included tenures as Co-President of the History Graduate Students Association and Co-Coordinator of the Gender History Seminar. She has published op-eds and blog posts on women and media with The Huffington Post, About-Face, and fbomb. Brooke earned her AB in History with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality from Princeton University in 2014.


Brooke’s dissertation, entitled “With the Strictest Confidence: Abortion and Contraception in Nineteenth-Century New York City,” explores women’s perspectives on reproductive control, and the gender politics behind its increasing restriction, from 1839-1878. Drawn from largely never-before-studied court records generated from legal investigations of abortion within those years, the dissertation argues that gender politics were crucial to creating antiabortion activism in the United States.

Main Advisor: Professor Walters, Professor Fissell