Elyse Singer,'10

Doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

As an anthropology major at Bard College, for my senior thesis I examined pregnancy experience in the era of fetal personhood among women living in upstate New York. After college my academic interests have continued to center on the anthropology of heath and reproduction. After working briefly as a research assistant in a health-related research NGO, I began a doctoral program in cultural anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. I have recently returned from fifteen months of fieldwork in Mexico City where I am examining the new publicly-funded abortion program created in the wake of historic abortion reform in Mexico's capital. Specifically, I explore how a program that purportedly protects and promotes newly-won reproductive rights, in practice transmits deeply moral values about sexuality, femininity and citizenship. My research builds on emergent discussions in anthropology on the changing contours of "reproductive governance" in Latin America (Morgan and Roberts 2012).