Ellen Herman, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

Ellen Herman
Academic Areas:
Families, Gender, Psychology, Adoption, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ellen Herman is an expert on psychology, psychiatry, family, adoption, and gender studies, especially how they have developed throughout American history. At the University of Oregon, she is the co-director of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and a professor of history. Ellen is the author of “Kinship by Design: A History of Adoption in the United States” and is currently writing a new book on the history of autism spectrum disorder.

eherman@uoregon.edu | 541-346-3118 


Recent Media:
New Oregon law makes adoption records easier to access than ever (The Oregonian, Dec. 17, 2015)
In gay marriage decision, Supreme Court turns to historians for insight (The Oregonian, June 26, 2015)
Our evolving understanding of autism (Cascade Magazine, Spring 2015)
Pain of giving up children for adoption endures through decades (The Sacramento Bee, April 14, 2013)
After Haiti earthquake, spike in adoption requests benefits other countries in need (The Oregonian, April 3, 2010)