Alice Dreger

Alice Dreger

Alice Dreger is a historian, bioethicist, author, and former professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern_University in Chicago, Illinois.

Dreger is widely known for her academic work and activism in support of individuals born with atypical sex characteristics ( or disorders of sex development ) and individuals born as conjoined twins. She challenges the perception that those with physical differences are somehow “broken” and need to be “fixed”. She has opposed the use of “corrective” surgery on babies whose genitalia are considered “ambiguous”. She has criticized the failure to follow such patients in later life, and reported longer-term medical and psychological difficulties experienced by some of the people whose sex is arbitrarily assigned.

Dreger received her Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University Bloomington in 1995.

Dreger has taught at both Michigan State University, where she received a Teacher-Scholar Award in 2000, and at Northwestern University (2005-2015).

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Alice Dreger


Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice

The Talk: Helping Your Kids Navigate Sex in the Real World

One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal

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