Shannon Withycombe

Assistant Professor

Photo: Shannon Withycombe

Office: Mesa Vista 2062
Personal Website


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests:

History of Medicine , Gender and Sexuality, History of the Body, History of Reproduction, Medicine and War, Disease and Space, History of Women's Health


Shannon Withycombe is a historian of medicine who works on nineteenth-century women’s health. She is particularly interested in bodies and identities and how the two are constructed in thinking about reproduction and medicine. Courses she has taught include: Women and Health in US History, The History of Reproduction, The History of Contagion, Sciences of the Western Body, and The Physician in History. For more information on projects and publications, see her website at:

Recent/Select Publications:

"Unusual Frontal Developments: Negotiating the Pregnant Body in Nineteenth-Century America,"Journal of Women's History 27, no. 4 (Winter 2015).

"Happy Miscarriages: An Emotional History of Pregnancy Loss," Nursing Clio, November, 2015.

"From Women's Expectations to Scientific Specimens: The Fate of Miscarriage Materials in Nineteenth-Century America," Social History of Medicine 28, no. 2 (2015): 245-262.

"Pregnancy, Fear, and Conformity," Nursing Clio, June, 2015.


  • Women and Health in US History
  • History of Reproduction 
  • History of Modern Medicine 
  • Contagion
  • United States of Germs
  • Health and Disease in New Mexico