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Associate Professor of History, Clarkson University

Laura Ettinger is an associate professor of history at Clarkson University.

Dr. Ettinger's research and writings focus on the history of women, gender, and the medical, scientific, and technological professions in the United States. She is also an oral historian who sees her mission as amplifying people's stories and using history to make a difference.

Dr. Ettinger is the author of Nurse-Midwifery: The Birth of a New American Profession, a book named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice. Her current research project, funded by the National Science Foundation, investigates the careers and lives of a varied group of American women engineers who graduated from college in the 1970s, a time when a small but growing cohort of women entered the profession. With filmmaker Zac Miller, she has produced an award-winning short documentary and three award-winning educational videos featuring trailblazing women engineers.

Dr. Ettinger is a co-Principal Investigator on Clarkson's National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant to improve equity for STEM faculty at the university. She is the lead on the ADVANCE oral history research project designed to inform attempts to change campus cultures and increase recruitment, retention, and advancement of female-identified STEM faculty.

Dr. Ettinger was a Fulbright Scholar to Croatia. She earned her PhD and MA in History from the University of Rochester and her AB in History from Vassar College.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of History, Clarkson University