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Alexandra Lord is a professional historian of medicine with an extensive record of publications for both public and scholarly audiences. She received a BA from Vassar College and a PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After winning the Shryock Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine, she was awarded the J. Elliot Royer Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, one of the nation’s top five medical schools. An active scholar, she has served as the Historian for the U.S. Public Health Service and the Branch Chief for the National Historic Landmarks Program of the National Park Service. She currently oversees the Division of Medicine and Science at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Alexandra's book Condom Nation: A History of Federally Funded Sex Education from World War I to the Internet was published in 2010 by Johns Hopkins University Press and won two awards from the British Medical Association, one for the best book furthering understanding of science and medicine and the second for the best popular book on medicine and science. The publication of Condom Nation led to her being interviewed in multiple formats, including three different documentaries: How Sex Changed the World (History Channel, 2012), The Booze, Bets, and Sex That Built America (History Channel, 2022), and Invisible Corps: In Service of Health (PBS, 2023).

Alexandra has also published articles in the popular press, including The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Throughout her career, she has been interviewed as an expert in the history of medicine by newspapers, journals, and news shows ranging from The New York Times to The PBS NewsHour, the BBC, and The New Yorker.

Stay tuned for news on Alexandra's forthcoming personal memoir.

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