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Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Bioethics

Semester: 

Winter

Offered: 

2020

In its attention to gender, race, and sexuality, feminist bioethics challenges and expands contemporary bioethical theory and practice. Drawing from philosophy, theology, law, medicine, public health, and the social and biological sciences, this interdisciplinary field is both critical and constructive in addressing bioethical theory, method, and substantive ethical concerns across the clinical, research, organizational, public policy, and global spheres. In a largely seminar format, we will review the theoretical landscape and social movements that prompted the emergence of feminist...

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S Anukriti

S Anukriti

Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Boston College
Research Affiliate at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA), and a Fellow of the Center for Development Economics and Policy at Columbia University
WAPPP Fellow

S Anukriti is an economist whose research examines how economic outcomes are shaped by social norms and public policy. Her research interests lie in the fields of development economics, demography, political economy, and the economics of gender.

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2019 Oct 24

More Meat for Boys: Evidence and Perceptions of Discrimination in Restaurants

11:45am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ellwood Democracy Lab (Rubenstein 414)

Brit  Grosskopf, WAPPP Fellow; Professor of Economics, University of Exeter Business School

We present a natural field experiment designed to examine price discrimination in retail markets. This is done by examining portion sizes served in British Carvery Restaurants. Carvery restaurants serve...

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Ethics in Reproductive Medicine

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

This course will be taught in seminar format; the instructor will facilitate discussion based on each week's readings. The students will be expected to prepare ahead of class and participate in interactive discussions of cases raised during lecture.
The course will examine ethical issues that arise in reproductive medicine and women's health. Specifically, we will address ethical questions that arise in the context of providing assisted reproduction services, family planning services, pregnancy care and surgical services to women and their families. 
Questions and issues that will be addressed in the course include the following: ethics surrounding the abortion and fetal tissue research debate; multiple cases in assisted reproduction including sex selection, savior siblings, age restrictions in IVF, intra-familial gamete donation, post-humous reproduction; cases at the maternal fetal divide, and discussion of the balance of interests in these cases; genetic engineering in assisted reproduction.

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2018 Jun 25

Elevating Fatherhood Experts Meeting

Mon - Tue, Jun 25 to Jun 26, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Location: 

WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102

On June 25-26. 2018, Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) Research Fellow Marc Grau-Grau and WAPPP Co-Director Hannah Riley Bowles co-organized a meeting at Harvard Kennedy School focused on the topic of fatherhood and titled “Elevating Fatherhood: Policies, Organizations, and Health & Wellbeing.”

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2018 Sep 06

WAPPP Open House

11:30am to 1:00pm

Location: 

WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102

Please join us to learn about the Women and Public Policy Program and our work of creating and sharing knowledge that helps close gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health, and education. We will discuss our initiatives, fellowship stipends, and other student opportunities. 

Snacks will be provided. 

RSVP not required.

Gender and Language

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

In this course, we examine some key questions about how language and gender work together in the world. What does it mean for language to be gendered? Are there “male” and “female” ways of speaking? Can language reinforce the patriarchy? Is gender something we express or something we build in interaction? How does gender intersect in language with other social identities like ethnicity, race, class, religion, and sexuality? How can we understand gendered language beyond the binary? The course focusses on language as a practice, as well as a system of representation. We consider words, conversations, and embodied interaction and draw on scholarship on language use around the world.

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Gender and Health: Introductory Perspectives

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

This course will introduce students to gender as a theoretical concept and a category of analysis in public health—specifically, the ways in which gender contributes to differentially structuring women and men's experiences of health. The course proposes to answer such questions as: How can understanding gender structures help us interpret public health research? How has gender influenced the construction of public health in diverse societies? How do our social frameworks and structures, such as gender, affect people's experiences and expectations of health? How is the success of behavioral change interventions and the validity of basic behavioral and evaluation research affected by gender? This course emphasizes the epidemiological aspects of gender analysis and the interactions among gender, class, race/ethnicity, and sexuality. The course will cover a broad range of health issues for which gender has been of special importance. Topics covered include: biology, chronic disease, mortality and morbidity, contraceptives, infertility, endometriosis, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, body image, masculinity, weight and shape control behaviors, abortion, and global reproductive health. Additionally, sessions will include global, U.S. domestic, and historical perspectives, with attention primarily paid to the epidemiologic investigation as well as the social and behavioral sciences and health policy dimensions.... Read more about Gender and Health: Introductory Perspectives

Women, Gender and Health: Critical Issues in Mental Health

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

This course explores issues relevant to mental illness, mental health from a gender perspective. Course themes include illness constructs, life cycle and transitions, collective and individual trauma, role and relationship and embodiment. Topics include eating disorders, pain, hormonally mediated mood disorders, and PTSD. Examples highlight US and international experience. Readings are multidisciplinary, including public health and medicine, social sciences, history and literature.
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Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

This interdisciplinary course will explore the politics of reproductive health and health care delivery, both in the US and globally, with a particular focus on how reproduction and related clinical care are shaped by and in turn shape social inequality along axes of race, gender, and social class. The course will intertwine three threads: 1) major conceptual and theoretical issues foundational to understanding the politics and epidemiology of reproduction; 2) contemporary and historical perspectives on specific reproductive phenomena and events (preventing pregnancy, terminating pregnancy, sustaining pregnancy, and giving birth); 3) social movements organized around reproductive health (e.g. anti-abortion, reproductive justice movements).
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