Reed, James Wesley 1944-

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REED, James Wesley 1944-

PERSONAL: Born October 17, 1944, in New Orleans, LA.; son of James Horace (an engineer) and Mary (an accountant; maiden name, Reid) Reed; married Diane Spitzfaden (a college administrator), 1962; children: two. Education: Louisiana State University in New Orleans (now University of New Orleans), B.A., 1967; Harvard University, A.M., 1968, Ph.D., 1974.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: Schlesinger Library, Cambridge, MA, research fellow in history, 1973-75; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, assistant professor, 1975-78, associate professor, beginning 1978, now professor of history, acting dean, 1985-94.


From Private Vice to Public Virtue: The Birth Control Movement and American Society since 1830, Basic Books (New York, NY), 1978, published as The Birth Control Movement and American Society: From Private Vice to Public Virtue, Princeton University Press, 1983.

SIDELIGHTS: James Wesley Reed once told CA: "I believe that most of the issues that concern us can better be understood in historical perspective. Thus, I have written a book on the birth control movement, and I am working on the history of mental testing and primatology."*