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. As co-lead on the internationally collaborative research project, Risky Hormones, I work with patient groups and other partners to historically investigate the contested use and regulation of medicines in pregnancy and the risk of birth defects. My first book reconstructs the remarkable transformation of pregnancy testing from an esoteric laboratory tool to a commonplace of everyday life. It is under contract with MIT Press, for publication in spring 2022. I have longstanding research interests in health activism and medical film, and I recently developed a new interest in the history of face masks as embattled health technologies. I co-convene the Disability Research Group.

Publications

Predictor, Montreal, and Meg Crane : a very brief history of pregnancy testing in Canada
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse
The Osler Library Newsletter Vol 132, pp. 6-7 (2020)
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 Antiquity to the Present Day (2018) (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107705647.045
Pregnancy Testing with Frogs
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse
Reproduction Antiquity to the Present Day (2018) (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1017/9781107705647

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Professional activities

Filming fly eggs: time-lapse cinematography as an intermedial practice
Speaker
11/9/2021
Expert witnessing
Consultant
10/5/2021
MPhil examiner
Examiner
3/2021
Birth control in Britain before and after 'the pill'
Speaker
22/1/2021
Polity Press (Publisher)
Peer reviewer
2021
Medical History (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2021

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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
Pregnancy testing over the counter, in activism, and at home: Britain, 1970–2015
Olszynko-Gryn, Jesse (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2019

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