Zakiya Luna

Associate Professor of Sociology
Dean's Distinguished Professorial Scholar Washington University in Saint Louis


Ph.D., University of Michigan


Zakiya Luna is Assistant Professor of Sociology who now has a position at Washington University. Her research is in the areas of social change, sociology of law, health and inequality. She is particularly interested in social movements, human rights and reproduction with an emphasis on the effects of intersecting inequalities within and across these sites. She was the lead author of the Reproductive Justice review article in the 2013 volume of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science. She has also published in Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change; Sociological Inquiry; Feminist Studies; and Societies without Borders: Social Science and Human Rights. She is currently writing a book manuscript on the reproductive justice movement entitled Reproductive Justice for All: Identity, Rights, and the (Re) Making of a Movement. Her research has been funded by multiple sources including the National Science Foundation. She serves on the American Sociological Association's Public Understanding of Sociology committee and the ASA's Human Rights section council. She is co-editor and co-creator of the University of California Press book series, Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century. She earned a joint PhD in Sociology and Women's Studies from University of Michigan, where she also earned her Masters of Social Work. Before coming to UCSB, Dr. Luna was a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley and the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Human Rights Postdoc at University of Wisconsin.