Heather Munro Prescott
Connecticut State University Professor of History
Department of History
208 DiLoreto Hall
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
Phone: (860) 832-2809
Fax: (860) 832-2804
Areas of Specialization: History of Medicine and Public Health, U.S. Women’s History, 20th-century U.S. History
Heather Munro Prescott received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Religion,
summa cum laude, from the University of Vermont in 1984.
She received her M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1994) in Science & Technology Studies from
Cornell University. She joined the faculty at CCSU in that year. She has served as
co-coordinator of Women’s Studies (1995-99) and chair of the history department
(1999-2002). In Fall 2001, she was A. Lindsay O’Connor Distinguished Visiting Associate
Professor of American Institutions at Colgate University.
In April 2010, upon the recommendation of a Faculty Senate
advisory committee and President Jack Miller, the Board of
Trustees selected Dr. Prescott as a Connecticut State
Dr. Prescott’s teaching interests include recent U.S. history, U.S. women’s history,
and the history of medicine and public health. Her research interests include U.S. women’s
history, history of childhood, and most recently, disability history.
Now that she has completed her second book,
Student Bodies: The Impact of Student Health on American
Society and Medicine, she begins a
new project on the history of emergency contraception.
2004-05, she held a National Institutes of Health Publication Grant from the National Library of
Medicine. In 2005-06, she held a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Her first
book, A Doctor of Their Own, received the Will Solimene
Award of Excellence in Medical Communication from the New
England Chapter, American Medical Writers Association.
Visit Dr. Prescott's
- The Morning After; A History
of Emergency Contraception in the United States
(New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011).
- Student Bodies: The Impact of Student Health on
American Society and Medicine
(Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007).
- Children and Youth in Sickness and Health: A Historical
Handbook and Guide (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004). Co-edited with Janet
Golden and Richard Meckel.
- "A Doctor of Their Own": The History of Adolescent Medicine
(Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998).
- "The Brith Control Backlash: The Regulation and
Marketing of Emergency Contraception in the United
States," in Perspectives on Twentieth-Century
Pharmaceuticals edited by Vivianne Quirke and Judy
A. Slinn, Peter Lang, forthcoming.
- "Guides to Womanhood: Gynecology and Adolescent Sexuality in the Post World War II
Era," in Georgina Feldberg, Molly Ladd-Taylor, Alison Li, and Kathryn McPherson, eds.,
Women, Health, and Nation: Canada and the United States since
1945 (Montreal, CA: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003).
- "Using Student Bodies: College and University Students as Research Subjects,"
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
57 (2002): 3-38.
- "’I Was a Teenage Dwarf’: The Social Construction of ’Normal’ Adolescent Growth
and Development in Twentieth Century America," in Formative
Years: Children’s Health in America, 1880-2000, eds. Alexandra Minna Stern and
Howard Markel, eds. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002).
- "The White Plague Goes to College: Tuberculosis Prevention Programs in Colleges and
Universities, 1920-1960," Bulletin of the History of Medicine
74 (2000): 847-884.
- "The ’Agrarian Myth’ and Student Health at the University of Pennsylvania."
Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of
Philadelphia, ser. 5, vol. 21 (1999): 87-117.
- "Sending Their Sons Into Danger: Cornell University and the Ithaca Typhoid Epidemic
of 1903," New York History 78, no. 3 (July 1997): 273-308.