Hear Prof. Leslie Reagan and PhD candidate Nathan Tye talking about Illinois' connection to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War on WILL radio program, The 21st.
Leslie J. Reagan
- Twentieth-century U.S. history; medicine, public health, and science; women, gender, sexuality; disability history; visual culture and documentary film; law and society; Vietnam.
Current Research Projects:
Agent Orange in the United States and Vietnam
Examining the Body: In Medicine and Law.
- Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison
- BA University of California, Davis
Distinctions / Awards
- James Willard Hurst Book Award, 1998, Law and Society Association, for When Abortion Was a Crime.
- Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, 1990, from the Organization of American Historians
- President's Book Award, 1995, Social Science History Assn. for When Abortion Was a Crime
- Choice Outstanding Academic Book of the Year, 1997 for When Abortion Was a Crime, 1998
- Inaugural Faculty Award for Research in the Humanities, 2010 Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) for “Rashes, Rights, and Wrongs in the Hospital and in the Courtroom” Law and History Review (Summer 2009).
- Surrency Award, Honorable Mention, 2009, Society for Legal History
- Graduate Advisor Award, Medical Scholars Program, UIC College of Medicine, Urbana, 2009.
- List of Excellent Teachers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Eileen Basker Memorial Prize, 2011, American Anthropological Association for Dangerous Pregnancies
- Joan Kelly Memorial Award, 2011, American Historical Association
- Arthur J. Viseltear Prize, 2012, American Public Health Association
- Queen Award for Teaching, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2012-13.
- William H. Welch Medal, 2015, American Association for the History of Medicine
- University of Illinois University Scholar, 2012-2015
- American Bar Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 1988-1990.
- Maurice Richardson Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison Medical School, 1987, 1990.
- American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Research Grant, 1992.
- Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1992-1993; 2010.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)-National Library of Medicine, 1995.
- Center for Advanced Study, UIUC, 1993-1994; 2014-15.
- Radcliffe College Schlesinger Library Research Grant, 1995-96
- Social Science Research Council, 1998-99.
- ACOG-Ortho-McNeil Fellowship in the History of American Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2001.
- Rockefeller Archive Center Research Fellowship, 2003.
- James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowship, UCLA, 2004.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine, 2004-06.
- Mellon Faculty Fellowship, 2006-07.
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend, 2015.
- Dangerous Pregnancies
- When Abortion Was a Crime
- Medicine's Moving Pictures
- Retro Report (NYT): Abortion Was Illegal. This Secret Group Defied the Law, 10/8/2018
- NPR Here and Now interview on Trump and abortion 'punishment'
- WNYC On The Media, From Rubella to Zika interview
- Interview on MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show
- Vietnam War at 50: Legacy of Agent Orange
- What does a 1960s epidemic tell us about zika?
- Radio Diaries on NPR: Jane: The Story of an Underground Abortion Service
- Huff Post Op-Ed Roe v Wade
- HIST 172 US 1877-present
- HIST 263 US Hist of medicine/public health
- Hist 400 War and Society: Vietnam
- Hist 300 Film and History: Medicine and Health
- Hist 203 Reacting to the Past: Gender Equality? Gender, Work, and Sports
- Hist 498 Research Seminar on Disabilities; US Gender/Women's History focused on UIUC
- HIST 502, 505, 570 Comparative Gender; Epidemics and Diseases; Disability History; Core US History
In The News
Health issues arising from Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War have altered ideas about war wounds and the cause of birth defects, says U. of I. history professor Leslie Reagan, who specializes in medical history.