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Margaret Marsh, Ph.D.
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Distinguished Professor of History and University Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Camden

mmarsh@rutgers.edu, (848) 932-5875


Margaret Marsh is a historian of gender and the family whose research focuses on the history of reproduction, reproductive medicine and technology, and reproductive sexuality. She came to Rutgers in 1998 to serve as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School at the Camden campus and spent thirteen years in leadership posts at Rutgers, most recently as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School at Rutgers-Camden. She also served as Interim Chancellor of the Camden Campus for more than two years between 2007 and 2009. She retired from academic administration in 2011 and became a full-time faculty member, dividing her time between the Camden campus and the Institute for Health.

From 1991 to 1998 she was a professor of History at Temple University, where she developed the Ph.D. program in Women’s History and served as Chair of the History Department. Prior to that, she was a professor of History at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (now Stockton University), where she also served for two years as Interim Dean. She holds a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rutgers. For more than two decades she has collaborated with her sister Wanda Ronner, a gynecologist at Pennsylvania Hospital and a clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Their first collaborative project became The Empty Cradle: Infertility in America from Colonial Times to the Present (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996/paperback 1999). Funded by a multi-year research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Empty Cradle was named an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice Magazine. For that book Marsh also received Temple University’s Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Prize. Their subsequent book, The Fertility Doctor: John Rock and the Reproductive Revolution (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), was also funded by a multi-year grant from the NEH.

Her current project is a book-in-progress on the subject of infertility and assisted reproduction from the development of in vitro fertilization to the present, focusing on medicine, culture, policy, and practice. This book, also a collaboration with Dr. Ronner, is funded by a three-year Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Before turning her attention to the history of medicine, Marsh wrote two books, Anarchist Women (1981), and Suburban Lives (1990), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on a broad range of topics related to urbanization, gender, and the family. She has been a History Fellow at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. Her teaching interests include women's and gender history as well as the history of health and medicine. She has been a media consultant for multiple projects, including two American Experience documentaries in reproductive history, one on the birth control pill and the other on in vitro fertilization.





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