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Elyse Singer

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, 2017; Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Office: Dale Hall Tower 507
Phone: (405) 325-6936


Research Interests

As a medical anthropologist my research centers on health, reproductive governance, bioethics, gender, and citizenship in Mexico and the United States. My doctoral research examined abortion politics and care in Mexico in the aftermath of Mexico City’s historic 2007 abortion legalization. I have since joined a collaborative research project between Brown University, International Planned Parenthood Federation and Mexfam, which examines sexuality, reproductive health, and masculinity among urban youth in Mexico City. Finally, I am in the process of developing a second major individual project on passive euthanasia and end of life decision-making in Mexico City. My research and writing have been funded by the National Science Foundation, The Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the American Association for University Women.


I recently joined the Anthropology Department at OU after completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University in the Populations Studies and Training Center (PSTC). I hold a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, where I also earned a Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Recent Publications

2019. Elyse Ona Singer. Realizing Abortion Rights at the Margins of Legality in Mexico. Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness 38(2).

2017. Elyse Ona Singer. Lawful Sinners: Reproductive Governance and Moral Agency Around Abortion in Mexico. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 42(1):11-31.

2017. Elyse Ona Singer and Bayla Ostrach. The End of Feminist Abortion Counseling? Examining Threats to Women’s Health. In Transcending Borders: Abortion in the Past and Present, eds. Stettner S., Ackerman K., Burnett K., Hay T., Palgrave MacMillan.

2016. Elyse Ona Singer. From Reproductive Rights to Responsibilization: Fashioning Liberal Subjects in Mexico City’s New Public Abortion Program. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 31(4): 445-463.

2016. Lina Rosa Berrío and Elyse Ona Singer. La Salud Sexual y Reproductiva: Un ámbito de disputa en la construcción de ciudadanía para las mujeres en México. In Mujeres frente a las paradojas de la ciudadanía. Ed. Mónica Cejas. Editorial Terracota- Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico City.

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 2203 Global Cultural Diversity
  • ANTH 4953 Gender, Body, Culture (Spring 2020)
  • ANTH 4953 Reproductive Politics
  • ANTH 5273 Bioethics, Biotechnology, and Biomedicine: Ethnographic Perspectives