Head of Studies, Anthropology
Professor Marcia C Inhorn, PhD, MPH, is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs in the Department of Anthropology and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. A specialist on Middle Eastern gender, religion, and health issues, Prof Inhorn has conducted research on the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America over the past 30 years. She is the author of six books on the subject, including her forthcoming volume America’s Arab Refugees: Vulnerability and Health on the Margins (Stanford University Press, 2017). She is also the (co)editor of ten books, the founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS), and co-editor of the Berghahn Book series on “Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality.” She has served as President of the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association; on the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association; and as Director of Middle East centres at both Yale and University of Michigan.
Prof Inhorn has been a visiting faculty member at the American University of Beirut, the American University of Sharjah, and the University of Cambridge. She has received numerous awards for her books and scholarship, including the American Anthropological Association’s Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for excellence in anticipatory anthropology, the AAA’s Eileen Basker and Diana Forsythe Prizes for outstanding anthropological research in gender, health, and biomedical technology, the JMEWS Book Award in Middle East gender studies, and the Middle East Distinguished Scholar award from the AAA’s Middle East Section. Prof Inhorn has also finished a two-year National Science Foundation-funded research project on oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) for both medical and elective fertility preservation.
Disciplinary: Sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, gender and feminist theory, masculinity studies, globalisation and cosmopolitanism, science and technology studies, feminist technoscience, religion and bioethics, ethnographic research design and methodology, urban society
Regional: Modern Middle East studies, Islamic studies, Middle East gender studies, health and medicine in the Middle East; field research in the Arab Gulf, Lebanon, Egypt, Arab America
Topical: Gender and health, anthropology of reproduction (fertility and infertility), technoscience, globalisation and global health, religion and bioethics, ethnomedicine and comparative medical systems, cultures of biomedicine, stigmatised health conditions, infectious disease, intersection of anthropology, feminism, and epidemiology
Inhorn, Marcia C. (2017) America’s Arab Refugees: Vulnerability and Health on the Margins. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, in press.
Inhorn, Marcia C. (2015) Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Inhorn, Marcia C. (2012) The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Inhorn, Marcia C. (2003) Local Babies, Global Science: Gender, Religion, and In Vitro Fertilization in Egypt. New York: Routledge.
Inhorn, Marcia C. (1996) Infertility and Patriarchy: The Cultural Politics of Gender and Family Life in Egypt. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Inhorn, Marcia C. (1994) Quest for Conception: Gender, Infertility, and Egyptian Medical Traditions. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Inhorn, Marcia C., and Nefissa Naguib, eds. (Forthcoming) Reconceiving Muslim Men: Love and Marriage, Family and Care. New York: Berghahn, in press.
Inhorn, Marcia C., Wendy Chavkin, and Jose-Alberto Navarro, eds. (2014), Globalized Fatherhood. Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality Series. New York: Berghahn.
Inhorn, Marcia C. and Emily Wentzell, eds. (2012) Medical Anthropology at the Intersections. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Inhorn, Marcia C., and Soraya Tremayne, eds. (2012) Islam and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Sunni and Shia Perspectives. Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality Series. New York: Berghahn.
Birenbaum-Carmeli, Daphna, and Marcia C. Inhorn, eds. (2009) Assisting Reproduction, Testing Genes: Global Encounters with New Biotechnologies. Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality Series. New York: Berghahn.
Inhorn, Marcia C., Tjornhog-Thomsen, Tine, Goldberg, Helene, and Maruska La Cour Mosegaard, eds. (2009) Reconceiving the Second Sex: Men, Masculinity, and Reproduction. Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality Series. New York: Berghahn.
Hahn, Robert A., and Marcia C. Inhorn, eds. (2009) Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society, 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
Inhorn, Marcia C., ed. (2007) Reproductive Disruptions: Gender, Technology, and Biopolitics in the New Millennium. Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality Series. New York: Berghahn.
Inhorn, Marcia C., and Frank van Balen, eds. (2002) Infertility around the Globe: New Thinking on Childlessness, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Inhorn, Marcia C., and Peter J. Brown, eds. (1997) The Anthropology of Infectious Disease: International Health Perspectives. New York: Routledge.
Published Papers and Book Chapters:
Advanced Topics in Anthropology–Reproductive Technologies: Global Perspectives
Medical Anthropology: The Canon