Alice Dreger is an historian of anatomy and Professor of Clinical Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She describes her vocation and profession as "social justice work in medicine and science" through research, writing, speaking and advocacy. She says: "The question that has motivated many of my projects is this: Why not change minds instead of bodies?"
Dr. Dreger has written and edited several books that study experiences of and reactions to norm-challenging bodies, including One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal, Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex, and Intersex in the Age of Ethics. She also has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, and she is a featured blogger for Psychology Today. She has appeared as an expert on anatomy and identity on dozens of broadcast programs, including CNN, NPR, CBC, the BBC, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is currently finishing a book on scientific controversies in the Internet age, a work she refers to as "a memoir of other people's lives."
Areas of Expertise
History and Philosophy of Anatomy, patient advocacy, Medical Ethics, History of Science, Sex and Gender Studies
I'm passionate about
using history to create a more just now.
People don't know I'm good at
designing fabulous academic offices, braising, weeding, quilting, hitting a baseball, enjoying everything NASA, being calm, and hospice care for pet rats.