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
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
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
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