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Reproductive Sociology Research Group


Dr. Lea Taragin-Zeller is a research fellow at the Woolf Institute and an affiliated researcher at ReproSoc.

Taragin-Zeller is an anthropologist whose research investigates the intersections of science and technology, religion and gender, with a particular expertise in reproduction and education.  Her work brings ethnographic attention to the ways religious traditions, scientific knowledge and state legislation intertwine in everyday life.

Her research projects, conducted among religious minorities in both Israel and the UK, offers creative ways to explore the ways science is translated and communicated in insular communities and contributes to understandings of reproductive technologies and everyday decision making; from planning families, vaccine decision making, sex selection and genetic testing. She has published widely in leading journals in sociology, anthropology and religion and serves as a section editor in Cambridge’s journal of Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online.


Key publications: 

Taragin-Zeller, 2019,“Conceiving God’s Children”: Toward a Flexible Model of Reproductive Decision-Making, Medical Anthropology, Online



Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2019, Towards an anthropology of doubt: the case of religious reproduction in Orthodox Judaism, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 18(1), p. 1-20


Taragin-Zeller, Lea and Stadler, Nurit, 2017, Like a Snake in Paradise: Fundamentalism, Gender and Taboos in the Haredi Community, Archives des Sciences Sociales des Religions


Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2015, Between Modesty and Beauty: Reinterpreting Female Piety in the Israeli Haredi Community, In: Fishman Barack, Sylvia (ed.), Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families Today:  Paradoxes of the Gender Revolution, Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, pp. 308-326.


Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2014, Modesty for Heaven's Sake: Authority and Creativity among Female Ultra-Orthodox Teenagers in Israel, Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, 26, Spring 5774, pp. 75-96.

 Lea  Taragin-Zeller

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