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Double Issue: 9.1-9.2: Fall 2010 / Spring 2011
Guest Edited by Rebecca Jordan-Young
Critical Conceptions: Technology, Justice, and the Global Reproductive Market

About the Contributors

Gwendolyn Beetham is a freelance researcher living in Brooklyn where she works for local and international organizations dedicated to gender justice, and is actively involved in queer, feminist, and food justice movements. She is a contributing author to The International Handbook of Gender and Poverty, The Women's Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism, the Gender & Development Journal, and she has been a special editor for The Scholar & Feminist Online. Gwendolyn has an MSc and PhD from the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics.

Claudia Castañeda is Scholar In Residence at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College, in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work draws on an interdisciplinary range of resources including feminism, science at technology studies, queer studies, and critical studies of race. Her book on the child in international circuits of exchange is titled Figurations: Child, Bodies, Worlds (2002). She is currently working on a project on queer embodiment. She also works as an academic developmental editor.

The Center for Bioethics and Culture is a non-profit 501(c)3 public benefit educational organization. By working with key influencers and decision makers, CBC seeks to change the bioethical landscape and promote wholly human progress, resulting in a positive and human-affirming cultural conscience in science, medicine and public policy that protects human dignity and defends the most vulnerable to abuse. Eggsploitation Director Jennifer Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and in senior-level nursing management with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Eggsploitation Director Justin Baird is a filmmaker based out of Los Angeles. He has written, directed, and produced various commercials, music videos, and viral videos and has recently completed production on a feature film. Justin was excited to step out of his regular diet of narrative and commercial videos to be a part of the whistle-blowing exposé Eggsploitation.

Wendy Chavkin is Professor of Population and Family Health and Obstetrics-Gynecology at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. Her most recent book is The Globalization of Motherhood: Deconstructions and Reconstructions of Biology and Care (Routledge 2010). She is currently immersed in helping launch Global Doctors for Choice, an international network of physicians advocating for reproductive health.

Jeanne Flavin, PhD is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University in the Bronx. Jeanne is the author of Our Bodies, Our Crimes: Policing Women's Reproduction in America (2009). She proudly chairs the board of directors for National Advocates for Pregnant Women, which champions the social and civil rights of all women, especially low-income women who are pregnant or parenting, and addicted to drugs.

Sarah Franklin has written and edited 15 books on reproductive and genetic technologies, as well as more than 100 articles, chapters, and reports. She has conducted fieldwork on IVF, cloning, embryo research, and stem cells. Her work combines traditional anthropological approaches, including both ethnographic methods and kinship theory, with more recent approaches from science studies, gender theory, and cultural studies. In 2004 she moved to the London School of Economics and Political Science where she is Professor of Social Studies of Biomedicine and Associate Director of the BIOS Centre.

Ana María García is the Director of the documentary La Operación.

Faye Ginsburg is Kriser Professor of Anthropology at NYU where she is also the Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Disability. Author/editor of four books ranging from work on abortion activists to indigenous media makers, she is currently working with Rayna Rapp on an ethnographic research project on cultural innovation and learning disabilities.

Michele Bratcher Goodwin is the Everett Fraser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. She also holds joint appointments at the Medical School and the School of Public Health. Goodwin is a prolific author and leading intellectual on important matters at the intersections of law, health care, biotechnology, economics, and society. She is the author of Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Body Parts (Cambridge); Baby Markets: Money and the New Politics of Creating Families (Cambridge); and The Black Body (University of South Africa Press). She is a frequent contributor to volumes addressing organ transplantation, reproduction, health care policy, and citizenship.

Rebecca Haimowitz is the Co-Director/Producer of Made in India, a documentary film about outsourcing surrogate mothers to India that premiered in May 2010 at the Hot Docs Film Festival, and continues to screen at film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. She received her MFA in Filmmaking from Columbia University's Graduate School of the Arts. Rebecca has directed various short documentary films, including a piece for the Barnard Center for Research on Women about feminist work in the prison abolition movement; a youth-produced series on over-policing in NYC schools (made for the NYCLU); and Soundproof, about cochlear implants and deafness in her family. Rebecca is committed to creating documentary and narrative films that reveal the human side behind social and political issues.

Anna Harrington is a lawyer working in Washington, D.C.

Judith Helfand is best known for her ability to take the dark, cynical worlds of chemical exposure, heedless corporate behaviour and environmental injustice and making them personal, resonant, highly charged and entertaining. Her award-winning films include The Uprising of 34 (co-directed with George Stoney); Blue Vinyl (co-directed with Danial B . Gold); its Peabody-Award-winning prequel A Healthy Baby Girl; and Everything's Cool. She's currently in production on COOKED, a story about heat, poverty and the politics of disaster. Teacher (including NYU's Undergraduate Film Program and The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison), educator, "field-explorer" and activist, she's Co-founder of Working Films, a leader in linking non-fiction filmmaking to cutting edge activism and Co-Founder Director of Strategic/Creative Development for Chicken & Egg Pictures, a hybrid foundation that supports women filmmakers with funding and creative "hands-with" mentorship.

Sujatha Jesudason, Ph.D. leads Generations Ahead, a non-profit organization that shapes and informs public policies on genetic technology, advocating for its equitable and wise use. As founder and Executive Director, Sujatha brings her expertise in social justice, community organizing and historically marginalized groups to all of Generations Ahead's efforts. From examining the fault lines in efforts to curtail sex selection to exposing attempts to pit reproductive rights against disability rights, Sujatha works to forge unlikely collaborations and look past forced simplifications. With over 20 years as an advocate for women's rights, Sujatha has worked at Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, 9to5 National Association of Working Women and the Center for Genetics and Society. A leading voice on the ethics of genetic innovations, women's rights and racial justice, Sujatha holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rebecca (Beck) Jordan-Young is an Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College. She is trained in Sociomedical Sciences. Beck's teaching and research in gender and sexuality studies intersects with the field of science and technology studies. She is the author of Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences (Harvard 2010).

Jessaca Leinaweaver is the Vartan Gregorian Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. Her academic research and teaching interests include kinship, childhood, migration, and anthropological demography. She is the winner of the Margaret Mead Award for her first book, The Circulation of Children: Kinship, Adoption, and Morality in Andean Peru (Duke 2008). She is currently writing a book called Transnational Children: What Adoption and Migration Mean for a Global World, based on research in Spain on the international adoption and migration of Peruvians.

Iris Lopez is a professor in the sociology department at City College. She is also the director of the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program at City College and former director of the Women's Studies Program. As an urban anthropologist she has done extensive ethnographic research on sterilization and Puerto Rican women in New York City culminating in most recent book, Matters of Choice: Puerto Rican Women's Struggle for Reproductive Freedom (Rutgers 2008). Dr. Lopez is currently undertaking ethnographic research on the Puerto Rican community in Hawai'i.

Susan Markens is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at City University of New York, Lehman College where she is also affiliated with the Women's Studies Program. Her book, Surrogate Motherhood and the Politics of Reproduction (2007) was published by University of California Press. In addition to surrogacy, her research has also focused on prenatal testing and the medicalization of pregnancy and she is currently studying genetic counselors. Her previous research has been published in Feminist Studies, Gender & Society, Social Science & Medicine, Sociology of Health & Illness and other academic journals.

Carol Mason is an interdisciplinary scholar of twentieth-century American culture, specializing in the language of right-wing movements. She is the author of Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-life Politics (Cornell 2002) and Reading Appalachia from Left to Right: Conservatives and the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy (Cornell 2009), and director of Gender Studies at Oklahoma State University.

Faith Pennick directed, produced and edited the documentary Silent Choices, her first feature-length film. Silent Choices, about the impact of abortion on the lives of African Americans, won the Best Documentary Award at the 2007 Roxbury Film Festival. Pennick wrote, directed, produced and edited the award-winning narrative short, Running on Eggshells, which aired on U.S. television in the fall of 2007. She also directed the documentary short ... and justice for whom?, and produced the narrative short film Harlem Sistas Double Dutch, which aired on the WNET/New York film series Reel New York in 2005. Pennick's latest film is Weightless, a documentary short about plus-sized female scuba divers. A Chicago native, Pennick has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from New York University. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Rayna Rapp is Associate Chair and Professor of Anthropology at NYU. The author or editor of four books, she helped to invent Women's Studies and to bring gender-sensitivity into the field. Along with Faye Ginsburg, she is currently working on a research project on cultural innovation and learning disabilities.

Catherine Sameh is Associate Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women and managing editor of The Scholar & Feminist Online. She is also in charge of transnational collaborations with peer centers globally. Catherine's work at BCRW draws on her expertise on transnational feminism developed in her dissertation, "Signatures, Networks, Rights: Iranian Feminism in the Transnational Sphere." Before entering academia, Catherine co-founded In Other Words Women's Books and Resources and was active in the reproductive justice movement in Portland, Oregon.

Vaishali Sinha (Director/Producer) is the co-director of the feature length documentary film Made in India about outsourcing of surrogacy. The film has received several competitive grants and also been nominated for the Nation Institute's Ridenhour Documentary Prize for excellence in truth telling. Vaishali has directed award-winning films such as Red Roses, exploring the lives of South Asian women who come to the United States through marriage and family, and Choose Life?, a short film on abortion and personal choice. Vaishali is currently co-directing a feature documentary on Kashmir. She also freelances as a researcher for filmmaker Richard Wormser at Videoline Productions. In the past she has worked for non-profit organizations in India promoting women's voices, and has studied film at the New School University as well as been a participant of The Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute funded by Ford Foundation and founded by the leading South Asian women's rights group CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action). Vaishali uses filmmaking as a platform to explore and discuss socially sensitive issues. She is from Mumbai, India and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Debora Spar is President of Barnard College. A political scientist by training, her research focuses on issues of international political economy, examining how rules are established in new or emerging markets and how firms and governments together shape the evolving global economy. Spar is the author of numerous books, including most recently The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception.

Kalindi Vora is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and is affiliated with the Critical Gender Studies program. Her research draws from critical race and gender frameworks to analyze the relationship between India and the U.S. as represented by emerging labor markets enabled by technology. She is currently working on a book manuscript with the working title Life Support: Vital Exchange Between India and the U.S. She has published articles in the journals Postmodern Culture and Subjectivity.

Catherine Waldby is Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Sydney University, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Biomedicine and Society, King's College London. She researches and publishes in social studies of biomedicine and the life sciences. Her books include AIDS and the Body Politic: Biomedicine and Sexual Difference (Routledge 1996); The Visible Human Project: Informatic Bodies and Posthuman Medicine (Routledge 2000); Tissue Economies: Blood, Organs and Cell Lines in Late Capitalism (with Robert Mitchell, Duke University Press 2006); and The Global Politics of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Science: Regenerative Medicine in Transition, (with Herbert Gottweis and Brian Salter, Palgrave 2009). She is the director of the Biopolitics of Science research network and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. She has received national and international research grants for her work on embryonic stem cells, blood donation and biobanking.

Karen Winkler teaches Community Health as an Assistant Professor in the Health Education Unit/Education Department of the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of The City University of New York. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Doctoral Certificate in Women's Studies, and worked for years as a nurse and a community health activist, researcher, and program consultant before specializing as a psychotherapist in chronic illness and young women's development. Currently, she is developing a grant-funded training program and college pathway for community health workers from low-income communities in NYC. She is the former Director of Barnard's Well-Woman Health Promotion Program. Karen's scholarly interests include feminist psychoanalytic theories of girls' sexuality and gender development, and narratives of the body.

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