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


Feminist Science Studies

Director: Sari M. van Anders, Psychology; Women's Studies; Programs in Neuroscience, Reproductive Sciences, and Science, Technology & Society.

Steering Committee:

  • Elizabeth Anderson, Philosophy, Women's Studies
  • Anna Kirkland, Women's Studies, Political Science
  • Sara McClelland, Women's Studies, Psychology
  • Elizabeth F.S. Roberts, Anthropology
  • Laura Ruetsche, Philosophy
  • Alexandra Minna Stern, Obstetrics & Gynecology, History, American Culture

Feminist Science Studies focuses on feminist analyses of and contributions to science. The program brings topics of interest to scholars across campus, from the Humanities to the Health Sciences, the Natural Sciences to the Social Sciences, and beyond.


Sex, Race, and Sciences of Human Behavior
Friday, April 11, 2014
3:00 PM
Michigan Union Anderson Room

  • Helen Longino
    Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University
  • This talk examines how the conceptualization of certain behaviors (sexuality; aggression) in preparation for their scientific examination incorporates and/or reinforces social ideologies of sex and race.

    Helen Longino received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins University in 1973. Her teaching and research interests are in philosophy of science, social epistemology, and feminist philosophy. Longino is the author of Science As Social Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 1990), The Fate of Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 2001) and Studying Human Behavior, a study of the relationship between logical, epistemological, and social aspects of behavioral research (University of Chicago Press, 2013).


    Banking on DNA Futures: Thinking About Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests in Comparative Contexts
    Monday, September 30, 2013
    4:00 PM
    2239 Lane Hall

  • Rayna Rapp
    Professor of Anthropology, New York University
  • Discussants:
  • Elizabeth F.S. Roberts (Anthropology)
  • Alexandra Minna Stern (Obstetrics & Gynecology, History, American Culture)
  • Audrey Norby (Fetal Diagnostic Center, U-M Hospital and Health Systems)
  • “Banking on DNA: Thinking About Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing in Comparative Contexts” begins with an overview of the “endless frontier” in reproductive technology. Technologies of fertility regulation and control now proliferate in the developing world, beyond the countries where they were first debuted: Europe, North America, Australia. Now, selective and expanding parts of the world –not just the rich populations stratified in the global North—occupy a long-term “existential gap” with regard to biomedical aspirations and fears, increasingly focused on infertile women, men, and fetuses. Prof. Rapp illustrates new iterations of the gap continually revised and expanded using the case of Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests, now making their way through the marketplace into the lives of America’s pregnant women.

    What does it mean to launch yet-another technology that assumes total reproductive control over fetal disabilities can be achieved? This presentation highlights the hidden burdens and ethics of the rapid diffusion etched into the NIPTs.

    Cosponsors: Program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice and Science, Technology, & Society.


    Community Ecologies
    Thursday, March 14, 2013
    3:30 PM
    2239 Lane Hall

    • Banu Subramaniam
      Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    • Peggy Schultz, Director of Biology Outreach, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington
    • James Bever, Professor of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington 
    U-M Discussants:
    • Nadine Naber, Associate Professor, Arab American Studies, American Culture, Women's Studies
    • Jacinta Beehner, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Psychology.
    Imagine a garden; now imagine the seemingly innocuous language you might use to select suitable plantings. In Community Ecologies, three transdisciplinary scholars of biology and feminist science studies will discuss their collaborative theoretical and experimental work on "invasive species." These scholars will ask how certain plant and animal species come to be seen as invasive – and thus foreign – and how this terminology parallels language around humans and migration. How might experiments on soil/plant interactions speak to xenophobia? How does invasion biology relate to community ecology? And, what does it mean to do ecology as a critically and politically engaged scientist? In this event, Banu Subramaniam (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies), Peggy Schultz (Biology Outreach), and James Bever (Biology) discuss their deeply interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and its compelling implications for close ties between feminist science studies, transnational feminisms, and biology/ecology.

    The Concept of "Race" in the Age of Genomics
    Friday, April 19, 2013
    12:00 PM-1:30 PM
    2239 Lane Hall

    • Joan Fujimura (Professor, Sociology & Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison)


    Queer Science
    Wednesday, October 3, 2012
    11:30 AM
    2239 Lane Hall

    • Paul Vasey (Psychology, University of Lethbridge)
    • Jennifer Terry (Women's Studies, University of California, Irvine)

    Science and Secularism: Feminist Issues
    Tuesday, November 27, 2012
    4:00 PM-5:30 PM
    Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery Room 100

    • Sandra Harding (Education and Women's Studies, UCLA)

    Gestating Gender
    Tuesday, November 13, 2012
    11:30 AM
    2239 Lane Hall

    • Alice Dreger (Clinical Medical Humanities & Bioethics, Northwestern)
    • Anne Lyerly (Social Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

    For more information, contact Prof. Sari M. van Anders.