• James W. Reed
  • James W. Reed
  • Emeritus Professor of History
  • Degree: Ph.D. and A.M., Harvard University
  • Rutgers : At Rutgers from 1975-2013

Additional Degree:

B.A., Louisiana State University


James Reed has professed history at Rutgers since 1975. He got his B.A. at Louisiana State University and his A.M. and Ph.D. at Harvard. Among historians he is best known for a book titled From Private Vice to Public Virtue (1978), which is a history of birth control in the U.S. He served as Dean of Rutgers College from 1985 to 1994. His current writing project is a history of biomedical sex research, working title—“Sex Research in America: From Social Hygiene to Liberation Science.”



  • Development of the U.S. I & II
  • Health and the Environment in the U.S.
  • American Social History
  • Sport in History


  • “Contraception” in The International Encyclopedia of Women’s History, ed. Bonnie Smith (Oxford University Press 2008), vol. 1, pp: 477-486.
  • “Gender Role: The Early History of a Concept,” in Great Interdisciplinary Ideas, ed. William Vesterman (Longman 2007), 492-501.
  • “Young and Pregnant: Teenage Pregnancies in the United States” (with John Spurlock) in Adolescent Sexuality: A Historical Handbook and Guide, ed. Carolyn Cocca (Praeger 2006):31-44.
  • American National Biography (1999), entries on:
E. G. Boring
Loraine L. Campbell
Robert L. Dickinson
Charles Knowlton
Morton Prince
John Rock
Abraham and Hannah Stone
Robert M. Yerkes
  • "The Birth Control Movement Before Roe v. Wade," Journal of Policy History 7:1 (1995): 22-52. Reprinted in The Politics of Abortion and Birth Control. Ed. Donald T. Critchlow. Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996.
  • "Public Policy on Human Reproduction and the Historian," Journal of Social History 18 (March 1985): 383-398.