Isobel Ashby


Advisor: Judith A. Houck

Isobel Ashby headshot


My research considers reproductive labour as a site of contestation in modern United States history. By placing poor women of colour’s experiences at the centre of my intellectual inquiry, I explore how birth control, abortion, and motherhood are shaped by institutional injustices.


MPhil, American History, University of Cambridge (2019)
B.A., History, University of Bristol (2017)


  • Gender and Women’s History
  • U.S./North American History

M.A. Title

  • MPhil Thesis: ‘The “abortion as black genocide” narrative and the pro-life movement, United States, c. 1965-1990s.’

Selected Awards

  • George L. Mosse Graduate Fellowship in LGBTQ+ History, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2020).
  • Sara Norton Research Grant, University of Cambridge (2018).