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Susanne M. Klausen

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.A. (University of Victoria), M.A. (Queen's University), Ph.D. (Queen's University)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2827
Email:susanne.klausen@carleton.ca
Office:428 Paterson Hall

Research Interests

  • Politics of Reproduction and Fertility Control
  • Nationalism and Sexuality
  • Modern South Africa

Selected Awards, Research Grants and Professional Honours

2016: Abortion Under Apartheid: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women’s Reproductive Rights in South Africa (Oxford University Press, 2015) shortlisted for the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize, awarded to the outstanding book in non-Canadian history by the Canadian Historical Association.

2016: Wellcome Trust Research Bursary for “The Thalidomide Disaster, the British Abortion Act (1967), and the Passage of Eugenic Abortion Laws in the Commonwealth, 1961-1977.”

2016: Carleton University Research Achievement Award

2013: SSHRC Insight Development Grant

2013: Appointed Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg

2011-2013: President, Canadian Society for the History of Medicine

2012:  Carleton University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Award

2011: SSHRC Standard Research Grant

2011: The inaugural bi-annual prize for best article published in the Journal of Women’s History for my essay, “‘Reclaiming the White Daughter’s Purity’: Afrikaner Nationalism, Racialized Sexuality and the 1975 Abortion and Sterilization Act in Apartheid South Africa,” in special issue on Reproduction, Sex and Power in the Journal of Women’s History, 22, 3 (2010), 39-63.

2006-2007: Carleton University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Award

2005: Associated Medical Services Research Grant

2001: Hannah Millennium History of Medicine Doctoral Dissertation Award. Awarded by the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine for the best dissertation in medical history by a Canadian

2000-2002: SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Grant

Selected Publications

Books

Abortion Under Apartheid: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women’s Reproductive Rights in South Africa (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, September 2015).

Maud Graham, A Canadian Girl in South Africa (published 1905), annotated and with an introduction by Michael Dawson, Catherine Gidney, and Susanne M. Klausen (Edmonton: Alberta University Press, 2015).

Race, Maternity, and the Politics of Birth Control on South Africa (Houndmills, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004).

Journal Articles

Susanne Klausen and Julie Parle, “‘Are We Going to Stand By and Let These Children Come Into the World?’: The Impact of the ‘Thalidomide Disaster’ in South Africa, 1960-1977,” Journal of Southern African Studies, 41,4 (2015): 735-752.

“‘The Trial the World is Watching’: The 1972 Prosecution of Derk Crichton and James Watts, Politics of Abortion, and Regulation of the Medical Profession in Apartheid South Africa,” Medical History 58, 2 (April 2014): 210-229.

“‘Reclaiming the White Daughter’s Purity’: Afrikaner Nationalism, Racialized Sexuality and the 1975 Abortion and Sterilization Act in Apartheid South Africa,” in special issue on Reproduction, Sex and Power in the Journal of Women’s History, 22, 3 (September 2010), 39-63.

“Women’s Resistance to Eugenic Birth Control in Johannesburg, 1930-39,” in special issue of South African Historical Journal, 50 (May 2004), 152-169.

“‘Poor Whiteism,’ White Maternal Mortality, and the Promotion of ‘Public Health’: The Department of Public Health’s Support for Contraceptive Services in South Africa, 1930-1938,” South African Historical Journal, 45 (November 2001), 53-78.

Chapters in Edited Collections

with Alison Bashford, “Eugenics, Feminism and Fertility Control,” in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, August 2010), 98-115.

“The Imperial Mother of Birth Control: Marie Stopes and the South African Birth-Control Movement, 1930-1950,” in Colonialism and the Modern World, eds. Greg Blue, Martin Bunton and Ralph Crozier (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2002), 182-199.

Encyclopedia and Dictionary Entries

“Helen Joseph,” Dictionary of African Biography (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 223-225.

“Abortion: International Politics,” in Encyclopedia of Women in World History, ed. Bonnie Smith (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), volume 1, 15-19.