Reproduction, Health, and Society

Understanding that human reproduction imbricates a range of intersecting political, economic, social, racialized, biological, and historical forces, the Program in Reproduction, Health, and Society engages with scholarship and practice that critically examine how these forces come to bear on individuals, institutions, and communities.  Whether governing reproduction through norms and policies that differentially value people’s worth as social and biological reproducers or that differentially restrict or promote people’s abilities to determine their reproductive wellbeing, structures of society profoundly and inequitably shape the material, corporeal, political and social experiences of reproduction and kinship.   

Scholars at our center whose work falls under this program bring expertise from anthropology, public health, direct clinical care, sociology, history, gender studies, literature, sociology, critical race studies, and bioethics, among other.  From these disciplinary backgrounds, scholars also engage with community partners as we seek to understand and intervene on processes that have sustained inequities and shaped how people experience the multi-faceted dimensions of social and biological reproduction.  

Right Fallopian tube by Susan Lockhart

Researchers

Joanna Behrman

Graduate Fellow

Talia Katz

Graduate Fellow

Carolyn Sufrin, Associate Director

Associate Director, Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine; Professor, SOM

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Past Events

November 12, 2021
9:00 am / 5:00 pm

Trans/Medicine Workshop

Critical Pedagogies of Health and Society / Medicine, Science, & Humanities

Medicine and medical understandings have played prominent and problematic features in framing transgender historiography. Often, the critical role of trans people in shaping and contesting medical knowledge and practices has ...

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Workshop on Transgender Politics & Medicine


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September 22, 2021
5:00 pm

Susceptibility, Surveillance, and Stigma: A Conversation on History, Infectious Disease, and Genomics

Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

Robert H. Levi Leadership Symposium in Bioethics and Health Policy

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September 17, 2021
9:00 am

Black Beyond Data: Combating Racial Injustice Through the Digital Humanities: An Introduction

Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

The Sawyer Seminar on Precision and Uncertainty in a World of Data (a grant co-sponsored with Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine’s and the Department of ...

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May 28, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Bioethics: Reckoning with Structures

Epidemic//Endemic / Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

Featuring Dr. Robbie Shilliam and Dr. Jeffrey Kahn of Johns Hopkins University. To register, visit

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April 30, 2021
Featured2:00 pm / 4:00 pm

VERDANT MEDICINE: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary

Arts, Humanities, & Health / Medicine, Science, & Humanities

VERDANT MEDICINE: HIlDEGARD'S RESONANT APOTHECARY, a livestream concert by medieval ensemble Alkemie and a roundtable conversation on the medicinal use of plants by composer, abbess, and apothecary Hildegard of Bingen.Register by Apr. 22 to receive mailed "intersensory program cards"!

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April 9, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Global Health, Justice, & Activism

Critical Global Health Studies / Epidemic//Endemic / Race, Racism, & Health

Featuring Dr. Gregg Gonsalves & Dr. Alexandre White Fourth iteration of speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom Webinar Registration For more information ...

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March 12, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Public Health and the State

Critical Global Health Studies / Epidemic//Endemic / Race, Racism, & Health

Public Health and the State Featuring Dr. Lawrence Brown & Dr. Graham Mooney Fourth iteration of speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom ...

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February 26, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Health Disparities and Structural Racism

Epidemic//Endemic / Media, Data, & Health / Past Events / Race, Racism, & Health

Health Disparities and Structural Racism Featuring Dr. Claire Decoteau & Dr. Lisa Cooper Speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom Webinar Registration For ...

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February 3, 2021

Conference: Critical Conversations on Reproductive Health/Care: Past, Present, and Future

Past Events / Reproduction, Health, & Society

Place: Online Conference, event links will be sent to those who register. Dates: February 3-7, 2021

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