Jacqueline H. Wolf, PhD

Professor of Social Medicine


Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies

Grosvenor 302



Jacqueline H. Wolf is Professor of the History of Medicine and chair of the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University.

She specializes in the history of women’s and children’s health and medicine and the history of public health. Her research focuses on the history of birth and breastfeeding practices in the United States. Her articles have appeared in many venues including Journal of Public Health, Women and Health, Journal of Social History, Journal of Human Lactation, and Breastfeeding Medicine.

She is the author of two books, Don’t Kill Your Baby: Public Health and the Decline of Breastfeeding in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Ohio State University Press, 2001) and Deliver Me from Pain: Anesthesia and Birth in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). She is currently working on a book-length social history of cesarean section in the United States, under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press.

Her current research is supported by a three-year National Institutes of Health Scholarly Works in Medicine and Health grant.