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Alexandra Stern

Alexandra Minna Stern is a professor at the University of Michigan, with appointments in the Departments of American Culture, Obstetrics and Gynecology, History, and Women’s Studies.

Her research has focused on the history of eugenics and the uses and misuses of genetics in the United States and Latin America. She has also written about the history of public health, infectious diseases, and tropical medicine. Through these topics, she explores the dynamics of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, social difference, and reproductive politics.

Stern is the author of Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Mondern America (University of California Press, 2005), win won the Arthur Viseltear Award for outstanding contribution to the history of public health by the American Public Health Association.

Stern's most recent book isTelling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) which was named an Outstanding Academic Title in Health Sciences by Choice. She has written over 50 books and articles, and contributes to popular media stories about gender, medicine, and health in venues such as the Huffingtonpost, Wall Street Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

In January 2017, Stern and her research team published an article in the American Journal of Public Health estimating the likely living number of survivors of California’s 20th century eugenic sterilization program. This research received extensive media coverage, in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and NPR. It inspired and informed a Los Angeles Times editorial urging the State of California to seriously consider reparations.



  1. ^ "Alexandra Stern | MCubed". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  2. ^ "California's Sterilization Survivors: An Estimate and Call for Redress". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  3. ^ "California Today: Wrestling With a Legacy of Eugenics". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  4. ^ "A Long-Lost Data Trove Uncovers California's Sterilization Program". The Atlantic. 2017-01-03. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  5. ^ "California Eugenics Laws: Professor Says State Should Compensate Thousands Sterilized". NPR. 2016-12-18. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  6. ^ "California needs to do more than apologize to people it sterilized". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-03-08.

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