Adviser: Jacquelyn D. Hall
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
MA Thesis: “A Great Blessing to Defective Humanity: Women and the Eugenics Movement in North Carolina, 1910–1940”
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
My research examines the various ways that white middle-class women in early twentieth-century North Carolina drew on eugenics ideology as part of broad social reform efforts. My dissertation, “Caring for ‘Defective Humanity’: Women and the Eugenics Movement in North Carolina, 1903–1944,” assesses women’s eugenics activism within the context of their social welfare work, which led them to take unprecedented positions of responsibility as public officials. Emphasizing the diversity of viewpoints among women reformers in North Carolina, I ask how various ideologies and gender difference shaped reformers’ political stances and forays into eugenics and progressivism. I argue that examining the way individuals interpreted and employed eugenics principles is critical to understanding the history and legacy of eugenics programs in North Carolina and around the world.