Wendy Kline

Wendy Kline

Image credit: Dottie Stover

Wendy Kline, Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine at Purdue University, is internationally recognized for her scholarship in the history of medicine, history of women's health and the history of childbirth. She is the author of three major books: Coming Home: How Midwives Changed Birth (Oxford University Press, 2019); Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Women’s Health in the Second Wave (U. of Chicago Press 2010); and Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality, and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom (U. of California Press, 2001). Her current project, “Psychedelic Birth: R.D. Laing and the Transformation of Psychiatry,” has been funded by a six-month research fellowship from the British Academy. She served as historical Consultant and speaker featured in “The Eugenics Crusade,” 2-hour documentary, PBS American Experience series, which premiered October 16, 2018.

Twitter: @klineWkline.


  • Bodies of Evidence: Activists, Patients, and the FDA Regulation of Depo Provera
  • Coming Home: Modern Midwifery and the Controversy over Home Birth
  • Marriage, Family, and Eugenics in the Twentieth Century
  • Reexamining the Pelvic: Medical Education and the Doctor-Patient Relationship
  • The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Rethinking Women's Health and Second-Wave Feminism

Process: A Blog for American History

How to Train an Obstetrician: Lessons from the Chicago Maternity Center