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.

Dissertation

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.

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.

Dissertation

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