Ellen More’s work covers the history of women in American medicine from 1850 to the present, the conceptualization and history of empathy in the doctor-patient relationship, and more recently the controversy over sex education programs. More, a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Institute for Medical Humanities, is also the Articles Editor for the journal Medical Humanities Review. Her most recent book Restoring the Balance: Women Physicians and the Profession of Medicine, 1850–1995 (Harvard University Press, 1999) utilizes the metaphor of “balance” to understand the career choices of American women physicians.
More’s current project explores the politics of sex education in America. She will focus on the political controversy surrounding public school sex education programs from the 1950s to the present, the cultural roots of American ambivalence about state-supported sex education, and the impact of the AIDS crisis on sex education programs. Her main subject will be a look at the policies and philosophy of leading sex education advocates, in particular the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and its director, Dr. Mary Steichen Calderone (1904–1998).
More received her PhD in history from the University of Rochester.