Susan E. Lederer

Position title: Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Bioethics


Phone: 608.262.4195

Office: 1420 Medical Sciences Center
Joint Appointment: Medical History & Bioethics

Susan Lederer


My interests include Medicine and society in twentieth-century America; race, medicine, and public health; medicine and popular culture; research ethics; and history of medical ethics.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, History of Science, 1987
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, History of Science, 1979
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, History of Science, 1977


Selected Publications

  • “Dark Victory: Cancer and Popular Hollywood Film,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81 (2007), 94-115.
  • “Experimentation on Human Beings,” Organization of American Historians Magazine of History 19:5 (2005), 20-22.
  • “Banking on the Body: Historical Perspectives on the Sale of Flesh and Blood,” ISPS Journal 5 (2005), 67-76.
  • “Children as Guinea Pigs: Historical Perspectives,” Accountability in Research 10 (2003), 1-16.

Advisor To

Courses Taught

  • History of Science 523 – Race, American Medicine and Public Health – Syllabus 2020 (pdf)
  • MHB 668 – Seminar: Fat and Thin: Making American Bodies