Bridget Gurtler Visiting Assistant Professor of History Ph.D. Rutgers University Bridget Gurtler specializes in the history of medicine, science, and gender in modern America. Her current book project, Synthetic Conception: Artificial Insemination and the Transformation of Family and Reproduction in 19th and 20th Century America examines the social and scientific forces that gave birth of the modern fertility clinic and the business of sperm banking. It investigates how and why generations of patients, physicians, and scientists used artificial insemination to create new kinds of families, as a therapy for infertility, and as an essential scientific tool in the study of heredity and cryobiology. Her teaching includes courses on the history of health and medicine, the biomedical sciences, reproduction, technology and the body. All of her courses focus on the intersection of biomedicine with society and culture.