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Cayleff, Susan E. 1954-

CAYLEFF, Susan E. 1954-

PERSONAL: Born March 4, 1954, in Boston, MA; daughter of Nathan (a hardware store retailer) and Frieda (a homemaker; maiden name, Kates) Cayleff. Education: University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1976; Sarah Lawrence College, M.A. (women's history), 1978; Brown University, M.A. (American civilization), 1979, Ph.D., 1983. Religion: Jewish.

ADDRESSES: Home—San Diego, CA. Office—Department of Women's Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182.

CAREER: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, assistant professor of medical humanities, 1983-87, clinical adjunct in nursing, 1986-87, humanities faculty founder of Women's History Seminar Series in the Obstetrics of Gynecology Department, 1984-87; San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, associate professor, 1987-92, professor of women's studies, 1993—, chair of department of women's studies, 1996—, member of executive committee, Lipinsky Institute for Judaic Studies, 1990—. Loma Linda University, William Frederick Norwood Lecturer, 1988; University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, adjunct faculty at Institute for the Medical Humanities, 1987-95; guest on radio and television programs; public speaker. Project Wildlife, member of Transport Team of Injured Animals and Birds, 1991.

MEMBER: National Women's Studies Association, American Historical Association, American Studies Association, Organization of American Historians, American Association for the History of Medicine, Society for Health and Human Values, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Western Association for Women Historians, Graduate Women Scholars of Southern California (faculty founder, 1990), Phi Kappa Phi.

AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from National Endowment for the Humanities, 1984, Babe Didrikson Zaharias Memorial Foundation, 1986, and American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, 1992; Pulitzer Prize nominee, 1996, for Babe; Outstanding Book Award, Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation, 1996; Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award, 1997.


Wash and Be Healed: The Water-Cure Movement and Women's Health, Temple University Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1987.

(Editor, with Barbara Bair) "Wings of Gauze": Women of Color and the Experience of Health and Illness, Wayne State University Press (Detroit, MI), 1993.

Babe: The Life and Legend of "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, University of Illinois Press (Urbana, IL), 1995.

Babe: The Greatest All-Sport Athlete of All-Time (young adult biography), Conari Press (Berkeley, CA), 2000.

Work represented in anthologies, including Other Healers: Unorthodox Medicine in America, edited by Norman Gevitz, Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltimore, MD), 1988; Women, Health, and Medicine in America: An Encyclopedia Handbook, Garland Publishing (New York City), 1990, Tish Sommers, Activist, by Patricia Huckle, University of Tennessee Press (Knoxville, TN), 1991. Contributor of more than thirty articles, poems, and reviews to academic journals. Member of editorial board, Medical Humanities Review, 1986-88.

WORK IN PROGRESS: "Keeping to the Path": A History of Naturopathic Healing and Professionalism in Twentieth-Century America.

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