Legislate This!/Trust Black Women, Georgia State Capitol, February 2010

Photo by Bonnie Chan 

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara (affiliated with Feminist Studies). I am also a faculty affiliate of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law. My research is in the areas of social change, sociology of law, health and inequality. Specifically, I am interested in social movements, human rights and reproduction with an emphasis on the effects of intersecting inequalities within and across these sites.  

I am the author of  Reproductive Rights as Human Rights: Women of Color and the Fight for Reproductive Justice  (New York University Press, 2020). I was the lead author of the Reproductive Justice review article in the 2013 volume of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science.  I am working on an edited volume, Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis with Whitney Pirtle. The book is under contract with Routledge Press. I am also co-creator co-editor of the University of California Press book series, Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century

I earned a joint PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies from University of Michigan, where I also earned a Masters of Social Work. I was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley affiliated with the Departments of Gender and Women's Studies, Sociology and the Center for the Study of Law and Society. I was hosted by the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, which I accidentally helped co-found (long story).I was also the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Human Rights Postdoc at University of Wisconsin and a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow.

I teach courses and the undergraduate and graduate level on reproduction and social movements. I was a CoreAlign Generative Fellow (Blaze Cohort) and member of the Humane Resources Innovation Lab where my team focused on how the reproductive justice movement organizations could be accountable to cultivating practices that recognize a person's whole self, in and beyond the workplaces, to help people thrive while sustaining the movement. In my limited leisure time, I enjoy learning to surf and baking.