Reproduction, Health, and Medicine

ISBN: 978-1-78756-172-4, eISBN: 978-1-78756-171-7

ISSN: 1057-6290

Publication date: 22 November 2019


(2019), "Prelims", Reproduction, Health, and Medicine (Advances in Medical Sociology, Vol. 20), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-xv.



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    Yale University, USA

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    Ohio State University, USA

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    University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA

  • Andrew Fenelon

    University of Maryland, USA

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    Penn State University, USA

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    UC Davis, USA

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    Louisiana State University, USA

  • Adam Lippert

    University of Colorado Denver, USA

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    Rutgers University, USA

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    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

  • Daniel Menchik

    Michigan State University, USA

  • Ilana Redstone Akresh

    University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA

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    University of California San Francisco, USA

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    Princeton University, USA

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About the Editors

Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where she is also affiliated with the Office of Population Research, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and the Program in the History of Science. Her research interests include the sociology of pregnancy and birth, maternal and child health policy, and medical ethics.

Susan Markens is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Lehman College, CUNY, and Affiliated Faculty in the Sociology Department at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research focuses on reproduction, genetics, and health.

Miranda R. Waggoner is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics at Florida State University, where she is also affiliated with the Center for Demography and Population Health. Her research examines the social, ethical, and cultural dimensions of biomedical knowledge production.

About the Authors

Andréa Becker is a National Science Foundation GRFP Fellow and doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her work is centered around the intersections of gender and sexuality, sexual violence, medical sociology, and reproduction. She has written papers on cyberstalking, sexual violence among gay and bisexual men, and maternal mortality in states with restrictive abortion laws.

Danielle Bessett is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Affiliate of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Cincinnati. She conducts research on and teaches courses in the sociology of medicine, family, and reproduction, focusing on inequality. She co-leads OPEN, the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network.

Cara Delay is a Professor of History and a Member of the Women’s Health Research Team (WHRT) at the College of Charleston. Her award-winning body of scholarship examines the history of women and reproduction in Ireland and beyond.

Lauren A. Diamond-Brown is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at SUNY Potsdam. Her research is about the social context of decision-making in childbirth and has focused on the perspectives of childbearing people and obstetrician-gynecologists.

Alexis T. Franzese is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Elon University. Her main areas of inquiry are self, identity, and well-being. She is especially passionate about her study of authenticity – being one’s true self – and authenticity in relation to identities, such as being a parent.

David J. Hutson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Penn State University, Abington. His research encompasses gender, health, and embodiment with a focus on body weight, fitness/exercise, and appearance. Recent publications include an investigation of how personal trainers exchange “bodily capital,” and an analysis of bodily health in nineteenth-century medical journals.

Katherine M. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Tulane University. Her research is on the sociology of reproduction, exploring themes such as stratified reproduction, postmodern family building, motherhood, and reproductive technologies. She is also conducting the Working and Nursing Study, examining women’s experiences of breastfeeding after returning to work.

Alexis M. Kenney is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. Her research focuses on cases of contested knowledge in social movements and in public controversies over science.

Ashley F. Kim is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include gender, health, qualitative methods, and reproduction.

Sarah Kington is a Sociology Doctoral Student in the City, Culture, and Community PhD program at Tulane University. Her research interests include health inequality, social determinants of health, and the sociology of reproduction.

Jessica L. Liddell is a Doctoral Candidate in the City, Culture, and Community PhD Program at Tulane University. Her work focuses on reproductive justice issues, community-engaged research approaches, and harm reduction models. Her dissertation work explores access to sexual and reproductive healthcare among Native American Tribes in Louisiana.

Katharine McCabe is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Law, Gender, and Health at the University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG). Her research interests are in medical sociology, reproduction, addiction, and the law. Her current work explores how the opioid crisis is transforming reproductive healthcare practices.

Amy L. McCurdy is a Doctoral Student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Her research interests broadly center around parenting and bidirectionality within parent–child interactions. She also studies child psychosocial well-being, autonomy-relevant parenting practices, and physiological stress reactivity.

Kellie Owens is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is supported by a T32 Grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute. Her research bridges the sociology of medicine, science and technology studies, and bioethics.

Richard M. Simon is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. His current research primarily focuses on how social and cultural constructions of gender shape experiences of, attitudes toward, and evaluations of science, technology, and medicine.

Kaitlin Stober is a Research Specialist with the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds an MSc in Disability Studies from Trinity College Dublin and focuses on research involving people with intellectual disabilities and their families, disability rights, and policy.

Siri Suh is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Brandeis University. Her research bridges the fields of medical anthropology and sociology, population and development studies, and feminist and post-colonial studies of science and technology. Her current book project explores how post-abortion care statistics from Senegalese hospitals contribute to global reproductive governance.

Beth Sundstrom is an Associate Professor of Communication and Public Health and Director of the Women’s Health Research Team (WHRT) at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She is a Fulbright Scholar and leading expert on health communication, social marketing, and women’s reproductive health.


We would like to thank Series Editor Brea Perry for giving us the opportunity to edit this volume. We are also very grateful for the efforts of the Advances in Medical Sociology editorial advisory board and to the external reviewers, whose thoughtful suggestions and comments significantly improved this volume and its contributions. We also acknowledge the expert editorial assistance of Katy Mathers and the helpful guidance of Jen McCall at Emerald in facilitating the production of this book.