Lara Freidenfelds



Independent Scholar




Lara Freidenfelds, Ph.D., is an historian of women’s health, medicine and the body in America. She holds a doctorate in history of science and a bachelor’s degree in social anthropology from Harvard University. Her book, The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America, was awarded the Emily Toth Prize for Best Book in Women's Studies from the Popular Culture/American Culture Association. Her work has been supported by numerous fellowships, including a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities at Harvard University. She has received the Shryock Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Robinson Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. Freidenfelds has taught courses in the history of reproduction, sexuality and gender at Wellesley College, the University of California at Berkeley, and as a graduate student instructor at Harvard University. She is currently writing her second book, Counting Chickens Before They Hatch?: Miscarriage in American Culture.