Professor Amy Cislo

Amy Eisen Cislo

Teaching Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
Institute for Public Health Faculty Fellow
PhD, Washington University
research interests:
  • Transgender Studies
  • Feminist/Queer Youth Studies
  • History of Medicine and Science
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    • Pronouns: She/her/hers or they/them/theirs
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    • Office: ​McMillan 225

    mailing address:

    • Washington University
    • MSC 1078-0137-02
    • One Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Amy Eisen Cislo’s scholarship focuses on embodiment and the social history of medicine.

    Cislo’s publications range from research on Early Modern Alchemy in the German-speaking world to contemporary Trans* issues in the United States.  Her other research and teaching interest is in Girls Studies, with a focus on LGBTQI youth.


    2019 Transgender Conference

    Courses Taught

    Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

    Introduction to Women's Texts

    Gender, Religion, Medicine and Science

    Making Sex and Gender:  Understanding the History of the Body

    Transgender Studies

    Service Learning: Feminist and Queer Youth Studies

    Service Learning: Girls' Studies

      Paracelsus's Theory of Embodiment

      Paracelsus's Theory of Embodiment

      Paracelsus has been called the father of modern chemistry and is legendary for his treatment of syphilis. This work argues that Paracelsus developed an understanding of the body as composed of two distinct sexes, revolutionizing early modern conceptions of the female body as an inversion of or flawed approximation of the male body.