Marcia Inhorn is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor

Marcia C. Inhorn, who has joined the Yale faculty as the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, is a specialist on the Middle East.

At Yale, Inhorn is also serving as chair of the Council of Middle East Studies at The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

Her research interests revolve around science and technology studies, gender and feminist theory (including masculinity studies), religion and bioethics, globalization and global health, cultures of biomedicine and ethnomedicine, stigma and human suffering. Over the past 20 years, Inhorn has conducted multi-sited research on the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Arab America. She is the author of three books on the subject: “Local Babies, Global Science: Gender, Religion and In Vitro Fertilization in Egypt,” “Infertility and Patriarchy: The Cultural Politics of Gender and Family Life in Egypt” and “Quest for Conception: Gender, Infertility and Egyptian Medical Traditions.” These have won the American Anthropological Association’s Eileen Basker Prize and Diana Forsythe Prize for outstanding feminist anthropological research in the areas of gender, health, science, technology and biomedicine.

Inhorn is also the primary editor or co-editor of six volumes, including “Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society,” “Reconceiving the Second Sex: Men, Masculinity and Reproduction,” “Reproductive Disruptions: Gender, Technology and Biopolitics in the New Millennium” and “Infertility Around the Globe: New Thinking on Childlessness, Gender and Reproductive Technologies.”

Inhorn has been a visiting professor at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. With research support from Fulbright-Hays and the National Science Foundation, she has been at work on two related research projects, “Middle Eastern Masculinities in the Age of New Reproductive Technologies” and “Globalization and Reproductive Tourism in the Arab World.” Currently, she is writing a book titled “Reconceiving Middle Eastern Manhood: Islam, Assisted Reproduction and Modern Masculinities.”

Inhorn is the founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, associate editor of Global Public Health and co-editor for the Berghahn Book series on “Fertility, Sexuality and Reproduction.”

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Inhorn earned her M.A., M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught at the University of Michigan from 2001 to 2008.  Before that, Inhorn was at Emory University (1994-2000) and the University of Arizona (1991-1994).

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