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Heather Munro Prescott

Heather Munro Prescott

Professor of History

Phone: (860) 832-2809
Fax: (860) 832-2804
Email: prescott@ccsu.edu 

Areas of Specialization:

History of Medicine and Public Health, U.S. Women’s History, 20th-century U.S. History

Heather Munro Prescott received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Religion, summa cum laude, from the University of Vermont in 1984. She received her M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1994) in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University. She joined the faculty at CCSU in that year. She has served as co-coordinator of Women’s Studies (1995-99) and chair of the history department (1999-2002). In Fall 2001, she was A. Lindsay O’Connor Distinguished Visiting Associate Professor of American Institutions at Colgate University. In April 2010, upon the recommendation of a Faculty Senate advisory committee and President Jack Miller, the Board of Trustees selected Dr. Prescott as a Connecticut State University Professor.

Dr. Prescott’s teaching interests include recent U.S. history, U.S. women’s history, and the history of medicine and public health. Her research interests include U.S. women’s history, history of childhood, and most recently, disability history. Her first book, A Doctor of Their Own, received the Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication from the New England Chapter, American Medical Writers Association.

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Prescott's BooksSelected Publications:

  • “The Pill at Fifty: Scientific Commemoration and the Politics of American Memory.” Technology and Culture 54/4 (2013): 735-745.
  • “Safer than Aspirin: The Campaign for Over-the-Counter Oral Contraceptives.” In Jeremy A. Greene and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, ed. Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
  • The Morning After; A History of Emergency Contraception in the United States (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011).
  • “Safeguarding Girls: Morality, Risk, and Activism.” In Keith Wailoo, Julie Livingson, Steven Epstein, and Robert Aronowitz, ed.  Three Shots at Prevention: The HPV Vaccine and the Politics of Medicine’s Simple Solutions. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
  • Student Bodies: The Impact of Student Health on American Society and Medicine (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007).
  • Children and Youth in Sickness and Health: A Historical Handbook and Guide (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004). Co-edited with Janet Golden and Richard Meckel. 
  • "A Doctor of Their Own": The History of Adolescent Medicine(Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998).