The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Derek Siegel

I am a sociologist and feminist scholar who examines how inequalities manifest at every stage of human reproduction, including family formation, parenting, and abortion. 

My dissertation examines how race, class, and gender shape trans women's ability to 1) become parents, and 2) sustain families. Using semi-structured interviews with 60 transgender women of diverse racial and class backgrounds, I explore how interpersonal relationships (i.e., with partners and communities) and institutional contexts (i.e., employment, health care, and the law) produce and reinforce these disparities. This project is funded by the American Sociological Association, the UMass Graduate School, and the UMass Center for Research on Families. 


M.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, 2019

B.A., Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, American University, 2014

Research Areas

Gender & Sexuality; Feminist Theory; Race; Reproduction; Trans Studies; U.S. Politics

Selected Publications

Siegel, Derek P. (2021). "Wanting a 'Feminist Abortion Experience': Emotion Work, Collective Identity, and Pro-Choice Discourse.Sociological Forum 36(2). Online Access.

Siegel, Derek P. (2020). "Trans People and Reproductive Justice." Reproductive Justice Briefing Book Volume 2: A Primer on Reproductive Justice & Radical Social Change. Edited by SisterSong & CLPP (Civil Liberties and Public Policy). 

Siegel, Derek P. (2020). "Medicalization and Naturalization: Understanding Abortion as a Naturecultural Phenomeon." Catalyst: Feminism, Theory & Technoscience 6(2):1-25.

Siegel, Derek P. (2019). "Transgender Experiences of Transphobia in Higher Education." Sociology Compass 13(10).