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I am a medical and legal anthropologist specializing in human rights, the politics of reproduction, and processes of governance and citizenship in Mexico and Latin America. My doctoral research explores processes of subject-formation in the wake of Mexico City's watershed 2007 abortion legalization and the subsequent implementation of a public abortion program. I trace the abortion decisions of dozens of religious and non-religious women as they navigate the confusing web of moral imperatives and institutional entailments that define abortion in Mexico today. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the American Association for University Women.
My interests in health, human rights and gender also drive my teaching. As an instructor at Washington University, I teach in cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, and women, gender and sexuality studies. I am currently teaching my advanced seminar Regulating Reproduction: Morality Politics and (In)justice. In this course we take a series of contentious transnational debates about abortion, embyro preservation, and assisted conception, as a starting point to examine the management of reproductive behavior and population control in the different parts of the world.
Most recently I returned to Mexico to conduct ethnography in Las Libres, an internationally recognized feminist Human Rights NGO in the state of Guanajuato, where abortion remains criminalized. Rather than turning to the Mexican state as the guarantor of reproductive rights, Las Libres invoke international discourses that define abortion as a human right of women in order to provide pharmaceutical abortions to local women in a context of criminalization.
To learn more about my work visit my website.