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Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health

Newcomb Institute works to discover solutions to intractable gender problems by conducting research, providing education and promoting community engagement surrounding reproductive rights and reproductive health.

Faculty

The Reproductive Justice Faculty Working Group, a group of around 50 Tulane faculty, is dedicated to developing interdisciplinary collaboration, courses, and research relating to reproductive rights and reproductive health. Current members represent the Tulane School of Communications, Law, Public Health, Social Work, Science and Engineering, and Liberal Arts. The Reproductive Justice Faculty Working Group meets throughout the school year for reading group discussions and speaker series. Anyone interested in joining can email cdaniel5@tulane.edu


Dr. Clare Daniel, Newcomb Institute's Administrative Assistant Professor of Women's Leadership, leads the Institute's research and programming on reproductive rights and reproductive health. Dr. Daniel coordinates student programming related to reproductive politics, health, and justice, including the Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health Internship program for undergraduates.

She advises the student organizations Students United for Reproductive Justice and Women and Youth Supporting Each Other and teaches courses in the Department of Communication, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, the Honors Program, and the Spark Residential Learning Community. Dr. Daniel coordinates grants for Tulane students to attend Feminist Camp, Civil Liberties and Public Policy Conference, and other feminist and reproductive justice experiences. She is a member of the New Orleans Scholars Strategy Network, the New Orleans Maternal and Child Health Coalition (MCH), the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, and the Louisiana Adolescent Reproductive Health Coalition (LARHC).

Dr. Daniel also co-convenes, with Professor Saru Matambanadzo, Tulane’s Reproductive Justice Faculty Working Group,  a group dedicated to developing interdisciplinary collaboration, courses, and research relating to reproductive rights and reproductive health at Tulane. Subscribe to Dr. Daniel's monthly ReproNews email, read her full bio or view her CV.

Articles

Books

Mediating Morality: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017)

The approach the United States has taken to addressing teen pregnancy—a ubiquitous concern in teen education and perennial topic in popular culture—has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Specifically since the radical overhaul of welfare policy in 1996, Clare Daniel argues, teen pregnancy, previously regarded as a social problem requiring public solutions, is seen as an individual failure on the part of the teens involved.

Daniel investigates coordinated teen pregnancy prevention efforts within federal political discourse, along with public policy, popular culture, national advocacy, and local initiatives, revealing the evidence of this transformation. In the 1970s and 1980s, political leaders from both parties used teen pregnancy to strengthen their attacks on racialized impoverished communities. With a new welfare policy in 1996 that rhetoric moved toward blaming teen pregnancy—seemingly in a race- and class-neutral way—on the teens who engaged in sex prematurely and irresponsibly. Daniel effectively illustrates that the construction of teen pregnancy as an individual’s problem has been a key component in a neoliberal agenda that frees the government from the responsibility of addressing systemic problems of poverty, lack of access to education, ongoing structural racism, and more.  

Courses

At Tulane, Newcomb Institute faculty offer the following courses focused on reproductive rights and health:

  • Pre-College Summer Program course Reproductive Rights in the Media, Dr. Clare Daniel
  • Communications course Reproductive Rights and the Media, Dr. Clare Daniel
  • Honors colloquium Sexuality, Knowledge, Production, and Education, Dr. Clare Daniel
  • Communications course Sexuality, Childhood, and the Media, Dr. Clare Daniel
  • INTU 6850 Reproductive Rights, Law, and Public Policy, adjunct professor Ellie Schilling, chief litigator and partner at Schonekas, Evnas, McGoey, & McEachin, LLC.
Partners

Community Partners

Internship Program Partners

  • Planned Parenthood Gulf South
  • New Orleans Abortion Fund
  • NOLA Breastfeeding Center
  • Sista Midwife Productions
  • Lift Louisiana
  • Women With A Vision
  • Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies
  • New Orleans Children's Advocacy Center
Programming

Conceiving Equity Event, featuring the 8th annual Roe v. Wade Lecture, January 23, 2020

Annual Roe v. Wade Lecture

Newcomb Institute's free lunch and lecture series Fridays at Newcomb brings experts in the reproductive rights and reproductive health fields to Tulane's campus. View upcoming events. 

Reproductive Justice Faculty Working Group, a group of around 50 Tulane faculty dedicated to developing interdisciplinary collaboration, courses, and research relating to reproductive rights and reproductive health. Current members represent the Tulane School of Communications, Law, Public Health, Social Work, Science and Engineering, and Liberal Arts. The Reproductive Justice Faculty Working Group meets throughout the school year for reading group discussions and speaker series. Anyone interested in joining can email cdaniel5@tulane.edu

Research in Progress

State of Sex Education in Louisiana

Article by Dr. Clare Daniel, Dr. Anna Mahoney, and Mirya Holman.