Elizabeth Reis

Professor Elizabeth Reis

Elizabeth Reis
Distinguished Lecturer

Macaulay Honors College

Elizabeth Reis, PhD is a Distinguished Lecturer at Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York where she teaches courses on Medical Ethics, Reproductive Technologies, The Politics of Women’s Health, and Transgender Issues. Before that she was Professor and Department Head of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She graduated from Smith College and received her Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley. Reis is the author of Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex; Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England; and the editor of American Sexual Histories.

She is interested in both the history and contemporary analysis of medical ethics, gender, sexuality, and religion and has published essays in the Hastings Center Report, Bioethics Forum, Journal of American History, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and the New York Times. Reis is a member of the Ethics Committee at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital and an editor of nursingclio.org, a collaborative blog project that focuses on the intersection of gender, history, and medicine.