College of Letters & Science | Department of Gender and Women's Studies | School of Medicine and Public Health | Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Leigh Senderowicz is a global health researcher and demographer, focusing on global sexual and reproductive health and rights. Leigh is currently an Assistant Professor of Gender and Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a joint appointment in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her doctorate in global health at Harvard University and earned her masters in public health from Johns Hopkins prior to that. Leigh’s research focuses on reproductive autonomy, exploring the ways that new approaches to measurement and evaluation can promote person-centered care and reproductive freedom.
This talk will explore the ways that the ideology of fertility reduction permeates the design of family planning programs even today. The talk will draw from the Contraceptive Autonomy Study, a project designed to explore various dimensions of autonomy and coercion in family planning and focus especially the challenges to designing new measures that better assess person-centered and justice-based approaches to contraceptive care.