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Arleen Marcia Tuchman

Professor of History

Arleen Tuchman is a specialist in the history of science and medicine in the United States and Europe. Her research interests include the cultural history of health and disease, the rise of scientific medicine, and scientific and medical constructions of gender and sexuality. Tuchman is the author of Science, Medicine, and the State in Germany (Oxford University Press, 1993), and Science Has No Sex: The Life of Marie Zakrzewska, M.D. (The University of North Carolina Press, 2006). Her article, “Situating Gender: Marie E. Zakrzewska and the Place of Science in Women’s Medical Education,” Isis, 95: 34-57 won the 2006 History of Science Society’s Margaret W. Rossiter Prize for the best article on the history of women in science. She is currently writing a cultural history of type 2 diabetes in the United States, 1880-1980.

Tuchman has received fellowships or grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Institutes of Health, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the American Philosophical Society, the National Science Foundation, and the National Humanities Center.

Tuchman has been teaching at Vanderbilt since 1986. She teaches courses on the history of medicine, women and health, disease and culture, the body, and scientific and medical constructions of gender and sexuality.