Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Andrea Ford is a medical and cultural anthropologist whose work lies at the intersection of reproductive and environmental justice. Andrea has conducted research on childbearing, periods, endometriosis, hormones, toxicity, and ‘FemTech.’
More broadly, Andrea investigates how ideas about gender, bodies, nature, and technology shape the culture surrounding medicine and reproduction. Tracing epistemology (how knowledge works), political economy (how power/money work), and social justice (what a better society would look like) shape how Andrea does this. Currently, Andrea works on bridging academic and non-academic spaces for research, ideas, and cultural change.
Andrea is a co-convenor of a multi-disciplinary, international British Academy conference on endometriosis to be held in 2023, Reframing Endometriosis: Power, Politics and Potential Futures.
Andrea collaborated with Julia Swallow on a special issue of Medicine Anthropology today titled “The Immune System, Immunity and Immune Logics: Troubling fixed boundaries and (re)conceptualising relations” (forthcoming 2023).
Andrea's book manuscript, "Near Birth: The Doula Phenomenon and American Values", is under review with the University of California Press.
Andrea has written a number of articles on attunded consent, birth dulas and consent in academic journals such as Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, and Medicine Anthropology Theory. She also presented this work at the Translating Informed Consent in Scottish maternity services colloquium.
- MBChB, Research and Evidence Based Medicine, Lecturer
- Intercalated BMedSci, Foundations of Knowledge, Lecturer