Joelynn Lee

Ph.D. Student
M.A. and B.A. in History (Sonoma State University)

My M.A. thesis focused on reproductive healthcare on the second-largest federal healthcare system: the military health system. Through the lens of active-duty women and military wives, my thesis examines the historical changes in the military health system prompted by social, political, and medical changes and demonstrates how these changes were both detrimental and beneficial to military families. Examining how women in the military viewed their reproductive health care, access, and choices in conjunction with the constant changes to their reproductive rights is critical to understanding how the Department of Defense can serve women and their health in the future. I hope to translate my work at UCSF into a career teaching at the collegiate level while continuing my research and writing on public healthcare policy.