Leslie J. Reagan

Leslie J. Reagan

Leslie J. Reagan is a professor of history, medicine, gender and women's studies, and law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America (2010), winner of the American Historical Association's Joan Kelly Award and the American Association for the History of Medicine's William H. Welch Medal, among others, and When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867–1973 (1997), which won the Law and Society Association's James Willard Hurst Prize and the Social Science History Association's President's Book Award. Reagan often appears in public radio and television news forums as well. Her current research focuses on Agent Orange, activism, and visual culture in the United States and Vietnam as well as disabilities, gender, law, and the media.

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  • An Epidemic, "Deformed Babies," and the Early Roots of the Modern Disability Rights Movement
  • Body Counts: Looking at Agent Orange Victims
  • Dangerous Pregnancies: How an Epidemic Pushed Forward Women's Reproductive Rights
  • Disease, Death, and Memorials: The Agent Orange Quilt of Tears and the AIDS Memorial Quilt
  • When Abortion Was a Crime: The American Past, and Present? *

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.