Andrea Ford


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Office: Beecher 205

Andrea Ford is a cultural and medical anthropologist who received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2017. She also holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, an MA in African Studies from the University of Ghana, and an interdisciplinary BA in Anthropology, Sociology, and Religious Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include childbirth and reproduction, California and the United States, utopia/dystopia, the future and the imagination, gender and the body, political economy, and the ecology of embodiment, toxicity, and multi-species interactions. Her dissertation, "Near Birth: Gendered Politics, Embodied Ecologies, and Ethical Futures in Californian Childbearing," investigated the culture surrounding childbirth in California, paying particular attention to evidence, intuition, and the construction of legitimate knowledge, imaginaries of utopian/dystopian futures, and ecological concerns including environmental toxicity and the human microbiome. She teaches courses on the body, California, gender, globalization, and the politics of reproduction, as well as the College's Social Science Core, "Power, Identity, and Resistance." She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the California Bay Area and in West Africa, and has taught at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, and UChicago's Arts and Sciences summer program in Bangalore, India. In addition to her academic work, she is a research fellow at the Frameworks Institute in Washington, DC, a writer for Stanford Medicine, and a full-spectrum doula and reproductive justice advocate.

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