Distinguished Lecturers
Alexandra Minna Stern

Alexandra Minna Stern

Alexandra Minna Stern is the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan, and holds appointments in the departments of History and Women's and Gender Studies. Her research has focused on the uses and misuses of genetics in the United States and Latin America and on the histories of white supremacy and reproductive injustice. She is the author of Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America (2005), which won the American Public Health Association’s Arthur J. Viseltear Prize for outstanding contribution to the history of public health, and Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America (2012). Her most recent book is Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right is Warping the American Imagination (2019).

OAH Lectures by Alexandra Minna Stern

This lecture explores the dynamics of reproductive injustice, ableism, and scientific racism in the long history of eugenics. Stern shows how disability categories framed eugenics and intersected with other forms of exclusion and marginalization to shape 20th century America.

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