Tara Mulder

Research Interests

  • Ancient medicine
  • The history of medicine and science
  • The history of reproduction, childbirth, and midwifery
  • Women, gender, and sexuality in the ancient world
  • Feminist theory
  • Roman comedy
  • Language pedagogy
  • Creative and inclusive pedagogy


I am currently working on a monograph entitled Ideologies of Reproduction in the Ancient and Modern World, which examines ideas about human reproduction in the ancient Greek and Roman world and the modern United States, including views on fetal personhood, maternal culpability for reproductive outcomes, the relationship between woman, womb, and fetus, and the role of patriarchy, on the familial and state level, in controlling reproduction. I am also working on producing an English translation of Metrodora’s Gynaecology, a third century CE Greek medical text, written by a woman, that deals with a variety of gynecological issues.

I received my BA in Classical Literature and Languages from the University of Michigan in 2009 and my PhD in Classics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 2015, with a dissertation entitled, “Fetal Actors, Female Bodies: Childbirth in the Roman Empire.” From 2015-2016, I worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and from 2016-2019, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. I joined the faculty at UBC in 2019.