Contemporary Authors in Bioethics

Welcoming Elizabeth Reis on Feb. 15 to discuss Bodies in Doubt

Join Dr. Robert Troug for a conversation with Elisabeth Reis, author of Bodies in Doubt: An American history of intersex



About Bodies in Doubt:
What does it mean to be human? To be human is, in part, to be physically sexed and culturally gendered. Yet not all bodies are clearly male or female. Bodies in Doubt traces the changing definitions, perceptions, and medical management of intersex (atypical sex development) in America from the colonial period to the present day.

Bodies in Doubt breaks new ground in examining the historical roots of modern attitudes about intersex in the United States and will interest scholars and researchers in disability studies, social history, gender studies, and the history of medicine.

About the author:

Elizabeth Reis is a professor at the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York where she teaches courses on transgender issues, reproductive technologies, the politics of women's health, and medical ethics. She is professor emeritus in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She graduated from Smith College and received her Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley. She is interested in both the history and contemporary analysis of medical ethics, gender, sexuality, and religion.