Kristin Luker

Professor, Boalt School of Law
Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies

Kristin Luker is Professor of Sociology and a professor in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, Boalt Hall School of Law. She is the author of many scholarly articles, as well as three books: Taking Chances: Abortion and the Decision Not to Contracept (1975), Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood (1984) and Dubious Conceptions: The Politics of Teenage Pregnancy (1996). She is currently at work on her fourth book, tentatively entitled Bodies and Politics, which is about sex education controversies in the United States. Professor Luker has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Sociological Research Association, and was invited to the White House by President Clinton to discuss issues of politics and social policy. She has been awarded grants from the Spencer and Ford Foundations, as well as the Commonwealth Fund, and has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her book Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

last updated: February 22nd, 2016