Susan E. Lederer

Position title: Ronald L. Numbers Professor of Medical History and Bioethics


Phone: (608) 262-4195

Room 1420, Medical Sciences Center


Medicine and society in twentieth-century America; race, medicine, and public health; medicine and popular culture; research ethics; and history of medical ethics.




Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, History of Science, 1987

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, History of Science, 1979

B.A., Johns Hopkins University, History of Science, 1977


Susan E. Lederer, Flesh and Blood: Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion in 20th Century America (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Susan E. Lederer, Subjected to Science: Human Experimentation in America before the Second World War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995).

Selected Articles

Susan E. Lederer, “Dark Victory: Cancer and Popular Hollywood Film,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81 (2007), 94-115.

Susan E. Lederer, “Experimentation on Human Beings,” Organization of American Historians Magazine of History 19:5 (2005), 20-22.

Susan E. Lederer, “Banking on the Body: Historical Perspectives on the Sale of Flesh and Blood,” ISPS Journal 5 (2005), 67-76.

Susan E. Lederer, “Children as Guinea Pigs: Historical Perspectives,” Accountability in Research 10 (2003), 1-16.

Courses taught

MHB 746: Race, Science, and Medicine: Past and Present
MHB 750: Outbreak!: Epidemics, Migration, and the Changing Contours of Global Health