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Jess Newman is a doctoral candidate at the Yale University Department of Anthropology. Her dissertation fieldwork (2013-2015) focuses on abortion and unwed motherhood in Morocco. Her research includes working with local activists, NGOs, physicians, and scholars to understand the articulation and mobilization of sexual politics and human rights as they relate to abortion. She also works closely with groups providing assistance to unwed mothers to elucidate women’s decision-making and care-seeking processes when faced with unplanned pregnancies. Her doctoral dissertation research is supported by the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, and the Yale MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. She first began engaging with issues related to abortion and sexuality in Morocco while on a Fulbright IIE Fellowship in 2008. After beginning her doctoral studies in 2010, she received Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) and American Institute for Maghrib Studies Short-Term Research fellowships. Her research interests include anthropology of the body and reproduction, feminist theories of state and non-state, biopolitics, the post/colony, and gender and sexuality studies.
Newman, Jessica. Forthcoming (2014). “Sex Toys and the Politics of Pleasure in Morocco.” Emerging Reproductive Health Technologies in the Middle East and North Africa. Wynn, L. L. and Angel Foster, eds. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.
Newman, Jessica and Marcia C. Inhorn. Forthcoming (2014). “Medical Anthropology in the Middle East and North Africa.” Anthropology of the Middle East. Soraya Altorki, ed. Boston: Wiley Blackwell Publishers.
Newman, Jessica. Forthcoming. “Conception.” Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality.
Newman, Jessica. 2013. Review of Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Shari’a Law in Morocco by Zakia Salime, Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies 9.1.