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Margo Horn

Margo Horn has been teaching history at Stanford since 1985. She received her PhD from Tufts University and was awarded fellowships from NIMH and the Commonwealth Fund. In 2018, Dr. Horn was appointed the Silverman Visiting Professor at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University. Her research and teaching combines interests in U.S. women’s history and the history of medicine. She has a longstanding fascination with the history of madness and psychiatry, and is the author of Before It’s Too Late: The Child Guidance Movement in the United States, 1922-1945, among other publications. Dr. Horn taught in Stanford’s Structured Liberal Education program (SLE), and currently teaches courses in Stanford’s program in Feminist, Fender and Sexuality Studies. Her courses cover the history of women and mental illness, and the history of women and medicine in the United States. In addition, Dr. Horn directed Stanford’s program in Innovative Academic Courses, and offered workshops for advanced doctoral students across the university on the future of their research. Dr. Horn worked as a volunteer in Phnom Penh, where she ran her own educational program for two summers.

Dr. Horn led Travel/Study’s 2018 trip to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, and looks forward to returning with a new group of travelers to lecture on the history of traditional medicine in each country, their current health care systems and response to the pandemic. She will also discuss the roles of women and families in Southeast Asia.

Margo was a terrific resource, very available and friendly to all.

Harriet Warm, Women's India and Bangladesh, 2016

Current Position:
  • Lecturer, Program in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Stanford University
  • Author: Before It's Too Late: The Child Guidance Movement in the United States, 1922-1945
Academic History:
  • MA, History, Tufts University
  • PhD, History, Tufts University

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