Margaret Marsh, Ph.D.

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
University Professor of History
Dean Emerita, Faculty of Arts and Sciences—Camden, (848) 932-5875

Margaret Marsh is a historian of women and gender whose work over the past two-plus decades has focused on the history of reproductive medicine and reproductive sexuality. In collaboration with her sister, Wanda Ronner, MD, she is the author of three books in this area, most recently The Pursuit of Parenthood: Reproductive Technology from Test-Tube Babies to Uterus Transplants, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in August of 2019. Research for The Pursuit of Parenthood was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through a generous Investigator Award in Health Policy Research to the two authors. Professor Marsh’s other two books with Dr. Ronner are The Empty Cradle: Infertility in America from Colonial Times to the Present, and The Fertility Doctor: John Rock and the Reproductive Revolution, both of which were supported by multi-year research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to her work with her sister, Professor Marsh is the author of two earlier books in women’s and gender history, Anarchist Women and Suburban Lives, as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals.

At Rutgers, she holds the title of University Professor of History and divides her time between the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research on the New Brunswick campus, and Camden, where she teaches in the Honors College and the Graduate School. From 1998 to 2011 she served in leadership positions at Rutgers. She was the dean and later executive dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Camden, and for more than two years she served as Interim Chancellor of the Camden Campus. Before coming to Rutgers she held professorships at Temple University and Stockton University. At Temple, she developed the Ph.D. program in Women’s History and chaired the history department; at Stockton, she taught American History and served twice as Dean of Arts and Humanities. She has been a History Fellow at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.