1136 Lane Hall
204 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Phone: 734–764–9537
Fax: 734–764–9533


Program Directors

Sari vanAnders

Sari M. van Anders

Feminist Science Studies
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Women's Studies
Neuroscience Program
Reproductive Science Program

van Anders Lab
530 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Professor van Anders studies intimacy and hormones in social context, with attention to gender/sex and sexual diversity. Her research focuses principally on social modulation of testosterone via sexuality, partnering/pair bonding, and nurturance. She has developed the Steroid/Peptide Theory of Social Bonds, which informs much of her lab's work. She is particularly interested in how these studies can inform evolutionary understandings of physiological pathways underlying intimacy, as well as the health implications of dynamic endocrinology. She employs noninvasive experimental, correlational, and longitudinal designs in humans to understand bidirectional and causal links between hormones and behavior. We also do a small amount of qualitative work. Her program includes attention to sexually diverse groups, and the development of methods to conduct this research using inclusive research and feminist science practices.

She has two related secondary lines of interest. She conducts quantitative research on the gendered enactment of scientific and academic practice. She also explores gendered sexualities and conceptualizations of gender/sex.

Professor van Anders earned her PhD from Simon Fraser University (2007).

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Feminist Science Studies Codirectors: Elizabeth Anderson (Philosophy and Women's Studies), Elizabeth Roberts (Anthropology and Residential College), Laura Ruetsche (Philosophy)

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Leela Fernandes

Leela Fernandes

Feminist Political Economy Initiative
Professor of Women's Studies
Professor of Political Science

Women's Studies
1122 Lane Hall

Professor Fernandes studies the relationship between politics and culture through both qualitative empirical research and theoretical scholarship. Her research examines the ways in which cultural meanings, practices, and identities shape political behavior and deepen our explanations of political conflicts and processes. She has pursued this research agenda through extensive field research on labor politics, democratization, and the politics of economic reform in India. Her focus on identity, culture, and politics has led her to work extensively on qualitative and interdisciplinary methods including ethnographic and interpretive methods.

A central dimension of Professor Fernandes's research is the study of gender in shaping cultural, economic, and political processes. She has worked on theories of intersectionality and has also examined the gendered dimensions of nationalism and transnationalism. An ongoing foundation of Professor Fernandes's research is the study of social inequality with a particular emphasis on researching and theorizing class identity and inequality. 

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Ed Goldman

Ed Goldman

Reproductive Justice
Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Women's Studies
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy
Visiting Professor, Law School

L2621 Women's Hospital 
Ann Arbor MI 48109-5276

Professor Goldman enjoys a diverse career combining law, ethics, public policy, medical issues, teaching, writing, and community service. He has written on a number of topics in the health care field covering such important areas as refusing treatment, informed consent for breast cancer therapy, consenting to blood transfusion, medico-legal issues in pulmonary medicine, the law of emergency care in neonatal emergencies, newborn screening, embryonic stem cells, and privacy issues. He also has published in the areas of genetics, wrongful birth, fetal versus maternal rights, medical education, and non-custodial parents' rights in their children's health care. 

Professor Goldman earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan (1968).

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Professor Goldman directs Reproductive Justice with Alexandra Minna Stern, and with codirectors, Lisa Harris and Tim Johnson.

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Nadine Hubbs

Nadine Hubbs

Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies
Associate Professor of Music

2229 Lane Hall

Professor Hubbs is a musicologist and scholar of gender and sexuality. Her work examines gender and the queer in modern musical cultures, and her latest work further incorporates a focus on class. Her first book, The Queer Composition of America’s Sound (University of California Press, 2004) is an award-winning cultural history of the Thomson-Copland circle of mid-20th-century gay composers. She has received support from the CLAGS Martin Duberman Fellowship for her current book project, Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music. It combines LGBTQ and popular music studies with empirical scholarship on class.

Professor Hubbs earned her PhD in music (theory) from the University of Michigan (1990).

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The steering committee for LGQRI consists of David Halperin (English Language & Literature, Women's Studies) and Valerie Traub (English Language & Literature, Women's Studies).

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Alexandra Minna Stern

Alexandra Minna Stern

Reproductive Justice
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of American Culture Program
Professor of History

Department of American Culture

3700 Haven Hall


Professor Stern's research has focused on the uses and misuses of genetics in the United States and Latin America. She is the author of Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America (University of California Press, 2005), which won the American Public Health Association’s Arthur Viseltear Award for outstanding contribution to the history of public health. Her latest book Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2012. She has held numerous grants for her work in medical history and health policy, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Professor Stern directs Reproductive Justice with Ed Goldman, and with codirectors, Lisa Harris and Tim Johnson.

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