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Laura Briggs


(413) 545-1922

W419 South College

Laura Briggs is professor and chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts and a well-known historian of reproductive politics and U.S. empire who in recent years has spoken in Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, and Mexico City. She has written numerous articles that have been published in venues from law reviews to history journals to popular books. Briggs is a member of the editorial committees of a number of journals and book series. She has held fellowships and residencies at the University of Michigan, University of Utah, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and Harvard University. She been part of the organizing collectives of the Tepoztlán Institute for Transnational History and the Thinking Transnational Feminisms Summer Institute.

Her current project is tentatively titled All Politics are Reproductive Politics: Immigration, Welfare, Gay Marriage, Foreclosure (UC Press). Briggs came to UMass four years ago from the University of Arizona, where she was chair of Gender and Women's Studies and associate professor of anthropology, and also served as Associate Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her Ph.D. is from Brown University's Department of American Studies, 1998.


How all Politics Became Reprodutive Politics   From Welfare Reform to Foreclosure to Trump (University of California Press, 2017)

Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transnational and Transracial Adoption (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012). Diana Marre and Laura Briggs, eds.

International Adoption: Global Inequalities and the Circulation of Children (New York: NYU Press, 2009).

Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico (University of California Press, American Crossroads Series, December 2002).

"Making Race, Making Sex: Theorizing Torture,” International Feminist Journal of Politics 16:1 (2014): 1-20.

“Wither Women’s Studies in the Current Crisis in Higher Education?” Feminist Studies 39:2 (2013): 1-5. With Faye Ginsburg, Elena Gutiérrez, Rosalind Petchesky, Rayna Rapp, Andrea Smith, and Chikako Takeshita

“Roundtable: Reproductive Technologies and Reproductive Justice,” Frontiers 34:3 (December 2013): 102-25.

"Biopolitics of Adoption,” Scholar and the Feminist Online (Fall 2013).

“Notes from Antigua Naval Base,” American Quarterly 65:2 (June 2013): 303-08. Briggs and Karen Dubinsky

”The Politics of History and the History of Politics,” American Indian Quarterly Special issue: Native Adoption in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia 37: 2 (Spring 2013): 129-35.

"La economía política de la adopción: La neoliberalización del bienestar infantil,” Scripta Nova special issue: El prinicipio del ‘interés superior’ de niñez: Adopción, politicas de acogimiento y otras intervenciones. Perspectivas espaciales y disciplinares comparativas. 16 (Spring 2012).

“Feminism and Transnational Adoption: Politics, Precarity, and the Politics of Raising (Other People’s?) Children.” Feminist Theory 13.1 (April 2012): 81-100.

Courses Recently Taught

  • The Politics of Reproduction
  • Biology of Difference
  • Feminist Theory
  • Transnational Feminisms Race/Gender: Genealogies, Formations, Politics
  • Issues in Feminist Research