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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) won two prizes. The first is best book on Women’s History published in 2014 and 2015, awarded by the Canadian Committee on Women’s History, and the second is the Joel Gregory Prize for best book in African Studies published in 2014 and 2015, awarded by the Canadian Association of African Studies. The book was also shortlisted for the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize, awarded to the outstanding book in non-Canadian history by the Canadian Historical Association.

2016: SSHRC Insight Grant

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.