Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars

Politics of Reproduction

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Professor Cynthia R. Daniels, SAS - Political Science
T 10:50A - 1:55P
Hickman Hall 127
Cook/Douglass Campus


Course WILL count for major and minor credit in Political Science

Issues of human reproduction are some of the most controversial of our age. Should abortion be banned or restricted? Does the fetus have rights separate from the pregnant woman? Should we permit the marketing of reproductive ‘parts’ and ‘services’—eggs, sperm and rented wombs? What is the male role and what are male responsibilities in human reproduction? We will explore these questions through legal cases, historical readings, first-person narratives, films and scholarly articles. This class requires your active participation in both thoughtful comments on the readings, one research paper on a topic of your choosing and in your willingness to participate in formal class debates.

CYNTHIA R. DANIELS, Ph.D. is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ where she has taught since 1992. Prof. Daniels also serves as the Associate Campus Dean for Douglas Campus. She is the recipient of many fellowships and awards including the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, the Bunting Institute Fellowship and the AAUW Dissertation fellowship and the Victoria Schuck Book Award. Prof. Daniels has published widely on questions of gender equality, racial and class politics, fetal rights and reproductive politics and the law. Her most recent book is Exposing Men: The Science and Politics of Male Reproduction (Oxford University Press, 2006). She is also the author or editor of other books including At Women's Expense: State Power and the Politics of Fetal Rights (Harvard University Press, 1993, winner of the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award), Lost Fathers: The Politics of Fatherlessness in America, edited volume (St. Martin’s Press, 1998) Feminists Negotiate the State: The Politics of Domestic Violence, edited volume (University Press of America, 1997) and Homework: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Paid Labor at Home, co-edited with Eileen Boris (University of Illinois Press, 1989).