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Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Wisconsin-Madison (11-12) and University of California, Berkeley (12-13)

  • About

    Zakiya Luna’s research is in the areas of social movements, law and society, reproduction and identity. In 2011, she completed a joint PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan. Her dissertation, “Domesticating Human Rights: Possibilities and Ambiguities in the Emerging Reproductive Justice Movement,” examined the mechanisms and consequences of the reproductive justice movement’s anomalous integration of international human rights into US reproductive rights activism. This project was funded in part by a National Science Foundation Law and Social Science Dissertation Grant. She has published peer-reviewed pieces in Sociological Inquiry, Feminist Studies, Societies without Borders, and Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change. She has taught in multiple departments and received UM Sociology’s 2010-11 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award.
    She continues her research on the reproductive justice movement and is also examining the how constructions of race and sexuality influence controversies around reproduction. In 2011-12, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Wisconsin, Madison with Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on Human Rights. She is hosted by the Center for Research on Gender and Women, and affiliated with the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and Department of Sociology.  In 2012-13, she will be a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley during which time she will be hosted by the Center for the Study of Law and Society.

  • Education
    • Ph.D, Sociology & Women's Studies, 2011
    • M.S.W.,University of Michigan, 2009
    • M.A. University of Michigan, 2008
    • B.A. University of California at Davis, 2003
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Gender and Sexuality, Law and Society, Qualitative Methods, Race, Class, and Gender, Social Movements, Sociology of Reproduction
  • Dissertation Title
    • Domesticating Human Rights: Possibilities and Ambiguities in the Emerging Reproductive Justice Movement
  • Dissertation Chairs
    • Margaret Somers (co-chair), Elizabeth Cole (co-chair)