Mwenza Blell is Lecturer in the Sociology of Reproduction. She uses innovative methodologies to explore the impact of gendered social inequality on bodies, taking seriously people’s own interpretations and experiences of their biological processes in relation to conventional biomedical and bioscientific understandings. She has conducted ethnographic research in the UK, East Africa, Latin America and South Asia, on such topics as menopause, menarche, and IVF. Her research centres on gender, reproduction and sexuality, as they relate to embodied experience and biological variation.
She is currently the MPhil pathway co-ordinator for Sociology of Reproduction and organises the Sociology of Gender third year paper, the Core Topics in the Sociology of Reproduction MPhil module and the Key Texts in the Sociology of Reproduction reading group.
Mwenza has previously taught in a variety of disciplines on a variety of topics at the University of Bristol, Durham University and Virtual University of Uganda. She completed an undergraduate degree in Anthropology at the University of South Florida in the US, before moving to the UK to undertake an MSc by Research in Biological Anthropology at Durham University, investigating menarche in the Newcastle Thousand Families Study. Her PhD in Anthropology from Durham University, was a mixed methods ethnographic study of menopause among British Pakistani women in West Yorkshire. She is currently preparing a monograph based on this research.