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Wendy Simonds


Ph.D., City University of New York, 1990 
Birth and Parenthood, Family, Gender, Cultural Studies, Medical Sociology, Sexuality, Theory
1049 General Classroom Building
(404) 413-6512

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Simonds is currently working on two interdisciplinary biographical book projects.  One centers on the life of renowned midwife, Ina May Gaskin, and another on the life and death of sociologist and former colleague, Chet Meeks.

Much of Simonds’s previous research centers on the sociology of procreative experiences. She is coauthor (with Barbara Katz Rothman and Bari Meltzer Norman) of Laboring On: Birth in Transition in the United States (Routledge, 2007), author of Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic (Rutgers,1996) and co-author (with Barbara Katz Rothman) of Centuries of Solace: Expressions of Maternal Grief in Popular Literature (Temple, 1992). She has collaborated with researchers at the Population Council, which sponsored the U.S. clinical trials of mifepristone (RU-486), conducting interviews with users and health care workers who participated in the trials.  She has published articles on how mifepristone, as an oral abortion method, affects the ways in which people talk, think about and experience abortion. Another project (with Charlotte Ellertson) examines how providers and users of emergency contraception describe their experiences, and their view of emergency contraception as it relates to procreative decision-making.

Simonds is co-editor of Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (Allyn & Bacon), now in its third edition (2010).

Simonds teaches courses in the specialty areas of gender and sexuality and family, health, and the life course.

Wendy Simonds
Wendy Simonds