Here are my published and forthcoming books. Click on the images below to learn more about each one.
During World War II, women scientists responded to urgent calls for their participation in the war effort. Even though newspapers, magazines, books, and films forecasted tremendous growth in scientific and technical jobs for women, the war produced few long-term gains in the percentage of women in the sciences or in their overall professional standing.
In Science on the Home Front, I argue that it was the very language of science–the discourses and genres of scientific communication–that helped to limit women’s progress in science even as it provided opportunities for a small group of prominent female scientists to advance during the war.
The first ever study of how conceptions of gender influence debates about autism. The reasons behind the increase in autism diagnoses have become hotly contested in the media as well as within the medical, scholarly, and autistic communities. In Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks, I focus on the ways gender influences popular discussion and understanding of autism’s causes and effects. I identify gendered theories like the “refrigerator mother” theory, which blames emotionally distant mothers for autism, and the “extreme male brain” theory, which links autism to the modes of systematic thinking found in male computer geeks.