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Kathryn Lankford, Ph.D.

Kathryn  Lankford
  • pronouns she/her
  • Academic Specialist
  • History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science


  • LB 321A: Science and the Public, Arts and Humanities
  • LB 326A: Medicine and Health, Arts and Humanities


Kathryn recently earned her Ph.D. in History from Michigan State University. Her dissertation traced the contributions of physicians, social workers, trial participants, and organizations in Puerto Rico to the development of the first birth control pills and renovated IUDs in the mid-twentieth century. Field trials of contraceptives occurred for over a decade in Puerto Rico. By focusing on the ground-level actors in these field trials, Kathryn examined how notions of gender, labor, Puerto Rican society and culture, and colonialism shaped the generation of new contraceptives and consequential medical knowledge. She is currently working on adapting a portion of her dissertation to a journal article.


  • Ph.D., History with specialization in women's and gender studies, Michigan State University, 
  • B.S., Biology with minor in history, University of West Georgia


  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, College of Social Science, MSU, 2018
  • Summer Teaching Fellowship, Center for Gender in a Global Context (GenCen), MSU, 2018
  • Graduate Research Scholarship, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, MSU, 2016
  • Somers Excellence in Teaching Award for Teaching Assistants, Center for Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities, MSU, 2015