Elizabeth Hallowell

BSFS, Georgetown University

My research focuses on the intersection between the (pregnant/gendered) body, biomedicine, and liberal conceptions of rights and belonging in the contemporary United States. My dissertation research (to begin in 2012) will be an ethnographic and archival look at individual experiences of pregnancy, with particular attention to the processes of defining and screening for pregnancy-related emergencies, and larger biomedical and legal/regulatory framings of (maternal) healthcare. Specifically, I will be looking at the interplay between broad political economic shifts within U.S. healthcare/health law and individual experiences of pregnancy-related care and bodily vulnerability.

Research Interests:

medical anthropology, Central America, US; maternal health, public health history, birth and biomedicine, states of emergency/emergency medicine