Elizabeth Watkins earned her BA in Biology and PhD in the History of Science both at Harvard University and is currently Dean of the Graduate Division, Vice Chancellor—Student Academic Affairs, and Professor in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine.

Her research focuses on the interrelations of medicine, science, commerce, and culture in the U.S. in the twentieth—twenty-first centuries, and she has published on the topics of the history of prescription drugs; birth control; estrogen and female aging; testosterone and male aging; and stress and disease. Her work has been funded by NSF, NIH, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Academy of Education.