Dr Jesse Olszynko-Gryn

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

History

Personal statement

I am a historian of science, technology and medicine at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. As co-lead on a UK-German collaborative research project, I am working with patient groups to investigate the contested use and regulation of drugs in pregnancy and the risk of birth defects. My first book will reconstruct the remarkable transformation of pregnancy testing from an esoteric laboratory tool to a commonplace of everyday life. I have longstanding research interests in health activism and medical film. I recently developed a new interest in the history of face masks as embattled health technologies.

Publications

The feminist appropriation of pregnancy testing in 1970s Britain
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse
Women's History Review Vol 28, pp. 869-894 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2017.1346869
Special issue - Reproductive politics in twentieth-century France and Britain
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse, Rusterholz Caroline
Medical History Vol 63, pp. 117-229 (2019)
Reproductive politics in twentieth-century France and Britain
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse, Rusterholz Caroline
Medical History Vol 63, pp. 117-133 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1017/mdh.2019.1
Technologies of contraception and abortion
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse
Reproduction (2018) (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107705647.045
A historical argument for regulatory failure in the case of Primodos and other 'hormone pregnancy tests'
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse, Bjørvik Eira, Weßel Merle, Jülich Solveig, Jean Cyrille
Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online Vol 6, pp. 34-44 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbms.2018.09.003
Malthus at the movies : science, cinema, and activism around Z.P.G. and Soylent Green
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse, Ellis Patrick
JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies Vol 58, pp. 47-69 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1353/cj.2018.0070

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Professional activities

Bitter Pill: Primodos
Interviewee
26/8/2020
Radical Object: The Black Report
Blogger
25/8/2020
How wartime propaganda encouraged Brits to wear masks
Blogger
18/8/2020
How going maskless became socially unacceptable
Interviewee
6/8/2020
Wearing a face mask is not new - but the backlash against them is, say historians
Interviewee
23/7/2020
Revealed: How a little-known data scientist convinced the West to wear face masks
Interviewee
18/7/2020

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Projects

Risky hormones, pregnant patients and the contested science of birth defects: the rise and fall of hormone pregnancy tests in the FRG and UK, 1950-81
Olszynko-Gryn, Jesse (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023

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