Wendy Mitchinson

Wendy Mitchinson

Campus: Waterloo
Office: HH 107
Email: wlmitchi@uwaterloo.ca

Wendy Mitchinson is a Professor of History at the University of Waterloo and a Canada Research Chair in Gender and Medical History.   She has published widely in the history of women in Canada and, in particular, on the medical treatment of women.  

Her first book, co-edited with Ramsay Cook, The Proper Sphere: Woman’s Place in Canadian Society (1976), was one of the first source collections in the ‘new’ field of Canadian’s women’s history. She was one of six authors of Canadian Women: A History (1996) still the only textbook on the history of women in Canada.   Her most recent monograph, Giving Birth in Canada 1900-1950 (2002), won the Jason A. Hannah Medal of the Royal Society of Canada.   She has been co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review and is presently English-language editor of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (until May 2008).   She has been on the advisory/editorial boards of many journals: Atlantis, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Histoire Sociale/Social History, Scientia Canadensis, Ontario History, and Canadian Journal of Women and the Law.

She is presently completing a monograph on the medical treatment of women in Canada from 1900 to 1950 which follows women through their life cyle and examines the way in which medical practitioners have perceived the normal physiological functioning of women’s bodies as well as treated medical problems such as infertility and uterine, cervical, and breast cancer.   As part of her Canada Research Chair, she has begun research on a study of the history of obesity in Canada, 1920-1980, which will examine both the medical and cultural history of “fat”.

Professor Mitchinson’s work has been recognized through   scholarly residencies in Bellagio, Italy (1994), Almeria, Spain (1997), and Liguria, Italy (2007).   She has supervised Ph.D. dissertations in the history of medicine, religion, women, youth and in gender and visual history.