Alexandra L. Fleagle


Advisor: Judith A. Houck

Alexandra Fleagle


I study the history of European and American medicine prior to 1920. My interests broadly encompass the development of disease categories, the intersections of health and sexuality, and the lifecycles of healthcare institutions. My current research examines the history of the child patient and the development of children’s hospitals in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe and the US.


M.A., History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.Sc., – (with Distinction), Gender History, University of Edinburgh
B.A., – (Magna cum Laude), History major/Geology minor, Mount Holyoke College


  • History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

MA Title

  • “Untouchable Innocents: Children, Healthcare, and Congenital Syphilis in Britain and France, 1850-1915”.

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Surviving the Poisonous Womb: Congenital Syphilis in the United States, 1870-1940 “

Courses Taught (as TA)

  • History 134 – Women and Gender in World History
  • History of Science/Medical History and Bioethics 133 – Biology and Society
  • History of Science/Integrated Liberal Studies 201 – Origins of Scientific Thought