Laury Oaks

Professor
Chair

Contact Phone

(805) 893-8444

Office Location

4706 South Hall

Specialization

Reproductive politics, Health, Medicine, and Science

Education

1998 Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
(Anthropology & Population Dynamics)

1994 M.A. Johns Hopkins University
(Anthropology)

1988 B.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(Anthropology and Women’s Studies)

1988 Certificate in Women’s Studies (Women’s Studies Program in Europe,
administered through Antioch University, Ohio)

Bio

Areas of Study:

  • Reproductive politics
  • Anthropology of health, medicine, and science
  • Feminist and community based participatory research

Publications

Risk, Culture, and Health Inequality by Barbara Herr Harthorn and Laury Oaks

Smoking & Pregnancy by Laury Oaks

Books:

Giving Up Baby: Safe Haven Laws, Motherhood, and Reproductive Justice, May 2015, NYU Press

The Salley Gardens: Sex and Motherhood in Ireland, with Jo Murphy-Lawless, in progress

Risk, Culture, and Health Inequality: Shifting Perceptions of Danger and Blame, eds. Barbara Herr Harthorn and Laury Oaks. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003.

Smoking and Pregnancy: The Politics of Fetal Protection. New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers University Press, 2001


Recent Articles:

“CBPR within Invisible, Geographically-Dispersed Communities: Partnering with LGBT Communities on the California Central Coast,” with Tania Israel, Alise Cogger, Kristin Conover, and Todd Avellar. Manuscript in preparation.

Israel, T., Lin, Y., Rogers, M., Oaks, L., Mireshghi, S., & Saunders, C. (2011). Assessing. LGBT community assets and risks. Manuscript in preparation.

“The Significance of the ‘Gay Bar’, Alcohol-centered Social Spaces, and LGBT Community,” with Tania Israel, submitted.

"Manhood and Meaning in the Marketing of the 'Male Pill.'" In The Second Sex in Reproduction: Men, Sexuality and Masculinity, eds. Marcia C. Inhorn, Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, Helena Goldberg, and Maruska La Cour Mosegaard. New York: Berghahn Books, 2009.

“What are Pro-Life Feminists Doing on Campus?” NWSA Journal 2009 21(1): 178-203.

“The Gendered Social Politics of Health Issues: Review Essay,” Journal of Women’s History 2008 20(3):188-196.

"Genetic Cancer Risk Perceptions & Access to Cancer Information and Services in Santa Barbara."  A report to the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, July 2008. 

"Catholic Church." In Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy, eds. Gwendolyn Mink and Alice O'Connor, ABC-CLIO, eds. Gwendolyn Mink and Alice O'Connor, ABC-CLIO, 2004.

with Jo Murphy-Lawless, and Clare Brady. 2004. "Understanding how Sexually Active Women Think about Fertility, Sex, and Motherhood." Dublin, CPA. Report No. 6. Available at: www.crisispregnancy.ie/pub/Rep6.pdf.

"The Social Politics of Health Risk Warning: Competing Claims about the Link between Abortion and Breast Cancer." In Risk, Culture, and Health Inequality: Shifting Perceptions of Danger and Blame, eds. Barbara Herr Harthorn and Laury Oaks. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003.