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  • B.A., Wesleyan University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Columbia University

Devon Golaszewski, PhD, is a historian of medicine, gender and sexuality, specializing in the history of reproductive medicine in Mali (West Africa). She received her PhD from Columbia University. Her book, a history of Malian women reproductive specialists (including popular midwives and nuptial counselors), demonstrates how the precolonial work of initiation and sexual education was a form of medicine, and then follows specific reproductive technologies and practices (from vaginal exams to uterotonic drugs) to explore the contestations, debates and collaborations between reproductive specialists, Malian gender rights activists, and the emerging state health system over the 20th century. She has published work in Gender & History, Past and Present, and Critique Internationale, and is also the co-director of the Projet Archives des Femmes, a digital archive of Malian feminist activism.