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Anne CLPP 2015Director
Anne Hendrixson
is an alumna of Hampshire College (class of ’91). She earned her MA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. Anne was PopDev Coordinator (from 1996 – 2000), and returned to the program as Assistant Director in 2012. Before coming back to PopDev, she served as the Assistant Director for aids2031, a project commission of UNAIDS to chart a long-term, global response to HIV and also started up several new initiatives for VentureWell, an educational non-profit. Anne’s interests include taking on policy directed at young populations, promoting fresh thinking around the links between population and the environment, supporting transformative integration of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS approaches for all people, and working for contraceptive safety and access.

Policy Analysts
PopDev Policy Analysts are experts who advise the program on population, environment and reproductive politics.

Rajani Bhatia is Assistant Professor in the department of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at the University at Albany (SUNY). Bhatia’s research interests lie in developing new approaches to feminist theorizations of reproduction and feminist science and technology studies. Topically, she has focused on issues that lie at the intersection of reproductive technologies, health, bioethics and biomedicine. Through engagement as a scholar-activist within international and national women’s health and reproductive justice movements, Bhatia contributed to feminist analysis of global population control, right-wing environmentalism, coercive practices and unethical testing related to contraceptive and sterilization technologies both inside and outside the U.S.  She is author of Gender before Birth: Sex Selection in a Transnational Context (University of Washington Press, 2018) and a contributing author of Selective Reproductive Technologies in the 21st Century (Palgrave, 2017). She teaches diverse courses on health, feminist theory, and feminist science and technology studies.

 

Ellen E. Foley is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) at Clark University. She is a medical anthropologist whose research examines sexual and reproductive health in West Africa.  Her scholarship examines the intersections of social and material inequalities, gender relations, and health.  She research addresses the social production of disease and health disparities, including how place, race, age, class, and gender shape vulnerability to disease and access to care.  Her primary field site is francophone West Africa, with a focus on three areas: the shifting dynamics of urban sexual culture; the global and regional politics of sexual and reproductive health; and the influence of space and place on urban health.

 

 

Jade S. Sasser is Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is interested in the intersections of global environmental problems with women’s bodies, health, and rights in international development. Her forthcoming book, On Infertile Ground: Population Control and Women’s Rights in the Era of Climate Change (November 2018), explores reproductive politics and environmental advocacy. Sasser holds a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Master of Public Health from Boston University.

 

 

 

Susanne Schultz is a post-doctoral researcher in political science at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. She is currently working in a research project of the DFG (German Research Foundation) on demographic government strategies within Germany, with a focus on family and migration policies. Her PhD studied international population policies and the NGOization of women’s health movements. She is active in antiracist-feminist movements and in the Gene-ethics Network Berlin. She is author of “Demographic Futurity: How Statistical Assumption Politics Shape Immigration Policy Rationales in Germany” in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 26. April 2018, “The Political Economy of Family Planning: Population Dynamics and Contraceptive Markets” in Development and Change, (2017) Focus Issue, 49(2) 259-285 (with Daniel Bendix), and “Reproducing the nation: the new German population policy and the concept of demographization” in Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, Special issue: Mapping reproduction, (2015) 16(3) 337-361.

 

 

 

Previous Policy Analysts
Betsy Hartmann, (Senior Policy Analyst from 2014-2018) former PopDev Director, is professor emerita of development studies and PopDev senior policy analyst. She received her BA from Yale University and her PhD from the London School of Economics. Her research, teaching and activism focus on the intersections between population, health, migration, environment and security issues. She is the author of Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control and two political thrillers about the Far Right, The Truth about Fire and Deadly Election. She is the co-author of A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village and co-editor of the anthology Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties. She is currently writing a book on apocalyptic thinking in the US and received a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair Award to spend spring semester 2015 in New Delhi, India.