Devon Golaszewski's research focuses on the history of gender and sexuality, and the history of medicine, in 20th century francophone West Africa. Her dissertation, entitled “Reproductive Labors: Reproductive Expertise and Biomedical Legibility in Mali, 1935-1999,” examines the intertwined and competing practices by which Malian families sought to ensure successful conception, pregnancy and childbirth in the context of high maternal and infant mortality. It traces the development of biomedical maternal and reproductive health programs and the changing interventions of local specialists such as a birth attendants and nuptial counselors.
Devon is currently a recipient of the Doris G. Quinn Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Her dissertation research and writing have been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, CLIR Mellon Doctoral Research Fellowship in Original Sources, New York Historical Society Early Career Scholars Workshop, Columbia University Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, GSAS International Travel Fellowship, Alliance Doctoral Mobility Grant, and Institute for African Studies Leitner Award.
Columbia University: Ph.D., History 2020
Wesleyan University: B.A., History 2008
Areas of Expertise (7)
History of Medicine
History of Gender
Women and Gender
History of Sexuality
Reproductive Health Programs
Industry Expertise (1)
In July, 2007, one month before I arrived in Ngaoundéré, Cameroon to pursue research for this thesis, the city held ethnically-charged elections for two mayoral positions. One political party framed the elections as a way for several ethnic groups to reclaim their rightful place as the original residents cum rulers of the region and to challenge the power of the historically dominant, but minority, ethnic group—the Fulbe.