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Bernice Hausman

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Dept. of English MC 0112
181 Turner Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia

Bernice Hausman has been at Virginia Tech since 1995. Prior to that she taught at the University of Chicago as a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. Her research is in the area of the cultural studies of medicine and she is an internationally renowned expert in gender theory, medical approaches to transsexuality, and breastfeeding, and is the sole author of three books and the coeditor of one. From 2005 to 2014 she directed the Medicine and Society undergraduate minor at Virginia Tech; in that capacity she advised hundreds of premedical students. In 2010 she was appointed professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, where she teaches a required course in the medical humanities to second-year students. In fall 2013 she was appointed the Edward S. Diggs Professor in the Humanities at Virginia Tech. She supervises doctoral students in the Rhetoric and Writing program in the Department of English as well as in the Science and Technology Studies program, and has served on doctoral committees in Engineering, the School of Education, the School of Public and International Affairs, and Human Development. Two of her students have won the best dissertation award in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, and Education from the Graduate School at Virginia Tech. She currently leads a research group on vaccination controversy and is working on her fourth book, Vaccination and Vaccine Skepticism: A Rhetorical History. In past service to Virginia Tech, she has chaired the Committee on Faculty Ethics, served on University Council and the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies, and chaired the CLAHS tenure and promotion committee.

Below are links to remarks made by Dr. Hausman to the Board of Visitors in 2014-15 in her role as Faculty Senate president and faculty representative to the Board of Visitors: