Jesse Olzynko-Gryn, Photocredit: Jonathan Young

Jesse Olzynko-Gryn, Photocredit: Jonathan Young 


Jesse Olszynko-Gryn

Research Scholar (Sep 2023-Aug 2028)


Jesse Olszynko-Gryn is Head of the Laboratory for Oral History and Experimental Media in Department II. His research converges on the history of reproduction, technology, and communication in Europe and the United States since around 1900.

He is the author of the book, A Woman’s Right to Know: Pregnancy Testing in Twentieth-Century Britain (MIT Press, 2023), as well as articles and chapters on time-lapse cinematography, science fiction cinema, feminist health activism, and contraceptive technologies. He has co-edited two special issues: "Reproduction on Film" (British Journal for the History of Science, 2017) and "Reproductive Politics in Twentieth-Century France and Britain" (Medical History, 2019). His current project is a collaboration with patient groups and other partners to explore how diverse, self-assembled communities have produced, communicated, and challenged biomedical, demographic, and other kinds of reproductive knowledge.

Olszynko-Gryn received his doctorate in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge in 2014. He subsequently held positions as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, where he remains an affiliated scholar, and as a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He has worked as a visiting scholar in the Department of History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University, a visiting fellow at the French Institute for Advanced Studies in Lyon, and a visiting lecturer at Paris-Panthéon-Assas University.

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Communities of Reproductive Knowledge


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Selected Publications

Olszynko-Gryn, Jesse (2023). A Woman’s Right to Know: Pregnancy Testing in Twentieth-Century Britain. Inside Technology. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

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Nemec, Birgit and Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (2022). “The Duogynon Controversy and Ignorance Production in Post-thalidomide West Germany.” Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online 14: 75–86.

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Olszynko-Gryn, Jesse (2021). “Filming Fly Eggs: Time-Lapse Cinematography as an Intermedial Practice.” Isis 112 (2): 307–314.

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Olszynko-Gryn, Jesse (2020). “Predictor: The First Home Pregnancy Test.” Journal of British Studies 59 (3): 638–642.

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Upcoming Events

Book Launch

CANCELLED: (Cows, Toads, and Other) Technologies of Reproduction: A Double Book Launch & Film Screening


Nachrichten & Presse

Wellcome Collection zitiert Jesse Olszynko-Gryn bezüglich der Geschichte des Schwangerschaftstests


Journalist-in-Residence Alumna Elna Schütz berichtet über ihre Erfahrungen am MPIWG in IJNet Artikel