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Newman, Jess

Lecturer
Yale University


Jess Newman is a Lecturer in Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University. Her courses include "North African Feminisms," "Anthropology of Public Health," and "Introduction to Medical Anthropology." Her dissertation, "Making the Mère Célibataire: NGOs, Activism, and Single Motherhood in Morocco," analyzes the social and structural marginalization of single mothers in Casablanca. The dissertation critiques institutional care in neoliberal Morocco through fine-grained analysis of encounters between employees of single mother NGOs, beneficiaries, and care-seekers. Her second project on abortion care and activism in Morocco will build on extensive fieldwork already completed at a public maternity hospital in Rabat. 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, and has received a fellowships from US Department of Education's Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) and The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS). She is the former President of the AIMS Student association. Her research interests include anthropology of the body and reproduction, feminist theories of the state, triage, biopolitics, the post/colony, and gender and security.

DISCIPLINE
Anthropology
SUB AREAS
Theory   
Queer/LGBT Studies   
Media   
Development   
Colonialism   
Human Rights   
Globalization   
Transnationalism   
Maghreb Studies   
Health   
Ethnography   
Gender/Women's Studies   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Maghreb   
Morocco   
Mediterranean Countries   
SPECIALTIES
Feminist Activism   
Sexuality   
Medical Anthropology   
LANGUAGES
French (Fluent)   
Moroccan (Advanced)   
English (Native)   
EDUCATION
PhD2017AnthropologyYale University
MPhil2013AnthropologyYale University
ABSTRACTS ACCEPTED AT MESA MEETINGS SINCE 2009
Talking Back: Screening and Discussing Sexuality in Morocco (2017)   
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Jess Newman






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