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BA (Vind), MA, MPhil, PhD (Yale)
Megann Licskai completed her BA in Contemporary Studies and in History at the University of King’s College, the latter part of which, due to a series of bureaucratic loopholes, consisted entirely of HOST courses. After developing a strong interest in health politics and knowledge production during her time at King’s, Megann further pursued these questions in the History of Science and Medicine department at Yale University, where she earned her PhD in 2022.
Megann’s dissertation project, which she is adapting for publication, is titled “Pro-Life Science: the Production and Circulation of Reproductive Knowledge in North American Anti-Abortion Movements, 1968-2003.” The project historically examines the ways in which anti-abortion movements have used scientific and medical spaces, language, and technologies to make authority claims and to effect political change. More broadly, Megann is interested in histories of reproductive health; the ethics of doing history (medical and otherwise); changing forms of American conservatism; feminist science studies; and questions of life, death and personhood.
In addition to her research and teaching, Megann has spent time working for Yale’s Medical Historical Library and for a small health non-profit in her hometown of London, Ontario. Both roles reshaped her thinking about medical practices and ethics. When not working or consuming all kinds of popular and unpopular culture, Megann loves playing and singing along to her autoharp (although not especially well), cooking fun things (usually fairly well), spending too much money at local restaurants, burning candles and spamming friends with weird stuff she finds while doomscrolling on Twitter.