Assistant Professor of

Ph.D., University of Texas, El Paso


Heather Sinclair teaches courses in the history of women and gender, US-Mexico borderlands, and public health and medicine. Her research focuses on the history of reproduction, midwifery, childbirth, and public health in the late nineteenth- and twentieth century US viewed through the lens of race, gender, sexuality, and settler colonialism. With a background in midwifery and cross-border activism, she believes that historical thinking and research can help us make sense of contemporary debates.  Her book manuscript, Birth City, examines battles in the twentieth-century border city of El Paso, Texas over reproduction, motherhood, midwifery, the medicalization of childbirth, infant mortality, and vital statistics viewed through the lens of race and settler colonialism. She holds a B.A. from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Courses Taught

HIST 1700: American Civilization
HIST 3010R: Special Topics in History
HIST 3870: History of Utah