The Archives for Women in Medicine is pleased to announce our 2015-2016 Foundation for the History of Women in
Medicine Fellow: Louella McCarthy, Ph.D.
Dr. McCarthy is Associate Professor and Academic Leader of Community Engagement in the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. McCarthy’s primary research interests center on gender, medical education and medical practice. Her current research involves a comparative study of the history of women’s medical professionalism with a particular focus on the role of internationalism as a contested philosophy for medical women.
McCarthy’s doctorate was awarded by University of New South Wales in 2002. Her thesis examined the role of gender in medicine through a close study of the rise of ‘the woman doctor’ in Australia and the consequent ‘gendering’ of medical practice. She has held a variety of academic positions in history but now focuses on medical education and particularly the potential role for the humanities and socio-cultural understanding in Australian medical education.
McCarthy is co-editor for the Palgrave Macmillan Gender & History series, an Editorial Board member and reviews editor for Metascience in the history and philosophy of medicine, and reviews editor for medical museums and exhibition reviews for Health & History. She is Past President and a National Councillor for the Australian & New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine.
In the course of her Women in Medicine Fellowship, McCarthy will research the roles played by medical societies in women’s changing place in the medical profession, focusing on the influence of American medical women on growing international networks of professional societies. During her time at the Countway Library, McCarthy will utilize several AWM collections, including the papers of Leona Baumgartner, Grete L. Bibring, Ethel C. Dunham, Elizabeth D. Hay, Janet Ward McArthur, Lynne M. Reid, the Medical Women’s International Association publications and records, and US Medical Women’s Association materials, among other Center collections.
We look forward to hosting Dr. McCarthy at the Center this fall!