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Marcia C. Inhorn
Yale University

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. She is the current and founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS) and has served as director of the Council on Middle East Studies at Yale (2008-2011) and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan (2004-2006). A specialist on Middle Eastern gender and health issues, 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 25 years.

Before coming to Yale in 2008, Inhorn was a professor of medical anthropology at the University of Michigan and president of the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.

Dr. Inhorn is the author of four books on the subject, The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East (Princeton U Press, 2012), Local Babies, Global Science: Gender, Religion, and In Vitro Fertilization in Egypt (Routledge, 2003), Infertility and Patriarchy: The Cultural Politics of Gender and Family Life in Egypt (U Pennsylvania Press, 1996), and Quest for Conception: Gender, Infertility, and Egyptian Medical Traditions (U Pennsylvania Press, 1994), which have won the AAA’s Eileen Basker Prize and the Diana Forsythe Prize for outstanding feminist anthropological research in the areas of gender, health, science, technology, and biomedicine. She is also the editor or co-editor of eight books, including Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Histories, Activisms, and Futures (Duke U Press, 2012), Islam and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Sunni and Shia Perspectives (Berghahn Books, 2012), Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society (Oxford U Press, 2009), Reconceiving the Second Sex: Men, Masculinity, and Reproduction (Berghahn Books, 2009), and Infertility around the Globe: New Thinking on Childlessness, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies (U California Press, 2002). She is also co-editor of the Berghahn Book series on “Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality,” and associate editor for the journal, Global Public Health.

She has been a visiting faculty member at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where she has conducted studies on “Middle Eastern Masculinities in the Age of New Reproductive Technologies” and “Globalization and Reproductive Tourism in the Arab World.” In Fall 2010, she was the first Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor at the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge.

She is married to Kirk R. Hooks, and they have two children, Carl, 18, and Justine, 15. Together, they have lived in Egypt, Lebanon, and the UAE.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Anthropology, Joint Doctoral Degree Program in Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley (Home Campus) and University of California, San Francisco, CA; Degree Conferred in May 1991
Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Degree Conferred in May 1988
Master of Arts (MA) in Anthropology/Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Degree Conferred in May 1985
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Double Major in Anthropology and Journalism, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; Degree Conferred in May 1980, with Honors