Professor Inhorn is the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs and former Chair of the Council on Middle East Studies (CMES) in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies (2008-11). As Past-President of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) of the American Anthropological Association, Inhorn was the Program Chair of the SMA conference on “Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinarity,” (link) held at Yale September 24-27, 2009.
Inhorn’s research interests revolve around gender and health, science and technology studies (STS), feminist theory (including masculinity studies), religion and bioethics, globalization and global health, cultures of biomedicine and ethnomedicine, stigma and human suffering. Over the past 30 years, Inhorn has conducted multi-sited research on the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America. She is the author of five books on the subject, including Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai, (Duke U Press, 2015); The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East (Princeton U Press, 2012), Local Babies, Global Science: Gender, Religion, and In Vitro Fertilization in Egypt (Routledge, 2003); Infertility and Patriarchy: The Cultural Politics of Gender and Family Life in Egypt (U Pennsylvania Press, 1996) and Quest for Conception: Gender, Infertility, and Egyptian Medical Traditions (U Pennsylvania Press, 1994). The books have won multiple awards, including the American Anthropological Association’s Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology, the Eileen Basker Prize of the Society for Medical Anthropology, and the Diana Forsythe Prize for outstanding feminist anthropological research in the areas of gender, health, science, technology, and biomedicine. Inhorn is also the primary editor or co-editor of nine volumes, including Globalized Fatherhood (Berghahn Books, 2014); Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Histories, Activisms, and Futures (Duke U Press, 2012); Islam and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Sunni and Shia Perspectives (Berghahn Books, 2012); Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society (Oxford U Press, 2009); Reconceiving the Second Sex: Men, Masculinity, and Reproduction (Berghahn Books, 2009); Reproductive Disruptions: Gender, Technology, and Biopolitics in the New Millennium (Berghahn Books, 2007); and Infertility around the Globe: New Thinking on Childlessness, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies (U California Press, 2002).
As a Middle Eastern scholar, Inhorn has been a visiting professor at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. With research support from Fulbright-Hays and the National Science Foundation, she has conducted two related research projects, “Middle Eastern Masculinities in the Age of New Reproductive Technologies” and “Globalization and Reproductive Tourism in the Arab World.” She is the current recipient of a National Science Foundation award to study “The Egg Freezing Revolution: Gender, Fertility, and Oocyte Cryopreservation in the US and Israel.”
Inhorn is the founding editor of JMEWS (Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies), the professional journal of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (Middle East Studies Association); associate editor of Global Public Health; and co-editor for the Berghahn Book series on “Fertility, Sexuality, and Reproduction.” In 2014, she won the JMEWS Book Prize for The New Arab Man, as well as the JMEWS Scholarly Achievement Award. In 2013, she received the Middle East Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Anthropological Association’s Middle East Section, and the MASA Graduate Student Mentor Award of the AAA’s Society for Medical Anthropology.
Inhorn comes to Yale from the University of Michigan (2001-2008). She has also taught at Emory University (1994-2000) and the University of Arizona (1991-1994). She is the wife of Kirk Hooks and mother of Carl (20) and Justine Hooks (17). Inhorn is also a cellist.
- Culture and Politics in the Contemporary Middle East (Graduate)
- Reproductive Technologies: Global Perspectives (Freshman Seminar)
- Global Health: Ethnographic Perspectives
- Intersectionality and Women’s Health: Ethnographic Approaches to Race, Class, Gender, and Difference
- Masculinity and Men’s Health
- Research in Sociocultural Anthropology: Design, Methods, and Proposal Writing (Graduate)
- Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Theory and Ethnography (Graduate)
- Middle East Gender Studies
- Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai (Duke UP, 2015)
- Globalized Fatherhood (Berghahn 2014)
- The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East (Princeton UP 2012)
- Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Histories, Activisms, and Futures (Duke UP 2012)
- Islam and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Sunni and Shia Perspectives (Berghahn 2012)
Duke University Press
In their desperate quest for conception, thousands of infertile couples from around the world travel to the global in vitro fertilization (IVF) hub of Dubai. InCosmopolitan Conceptions Marcia C. Inhorn highlights the stories of 220 “reprotravelers” from fifty countries who sought treatment at a “cosmopolitan” IVF clinic in Dubai. These couples cannot find safe, affordable, legal, and effective IVF services in their home countries, and their stories offer a window into the world of infertility—a world that is replete with pain, fear, danger, frustration, and financial burden. These hardships dispel any notion that traveling for IVF treatment is reproductive tourism. The magnitude of reprotravel to Dubai, Inhorn contends, reflects the failure of countries to meet their citizens’ reproductive needs, which suggests the necessity of creating new forms of activism that advocate for developing alternate pathways to parenthood, reducing preventable forms of infertility, supporting the infertile, and making safe and low-cost IVF available worldwide.