Claire Barshied

Research Interests: 

Family, health and medicine, pregnancy



The family is society’s most basic social institution, and one that has experienced radical changes over the course of a century; over the same time period, medicine and health have become the language in which our culture contends with questions about life and death, what is good, what is right, and what is practical. My research spans both of these areas, but I am most interested in where they intersect: pregnancy, which is seen as both the formation of a family and a centrally important medical event in the lives of women. My recent projects include work on public dialogues regarding “unwanted” pregnancies, social and economic factors related to pregnancy outcomes, and social aspects of infertility treatments and modern obstetric care.