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Linda Layne

Linda Layne

Visiting Professor

Affiliated Faculty Member, Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Director of Studies for Social Anthropology and Bye-Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge



Educated at University of Southern California, Cambridge University, and Princeton, her first book was on tribal and national identities in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Princeton University Press 1994).


In her second book, Motherhood Lost: A Feminist Account of Pregnancy Loss in America (Routledge 2003), she explored how reproductive technologies had changed the experience of pregnancy and pregnancy loss. She developed a women’s health approach to child-bearing loss through an 11-part, award-winning television series.


She is editor or coeditor of nine books or special issues including two early volumes on anthropology and STS, two prize-winning volumes on reproduction, and a volume on Feminist Technology. Her work has addressed neonatal intensive care units, sonograms, home pregnancy tests, menstrual suppressing birth control pills.


She is completing an edited collection of essays by anthropologists and historians on selfishness and selflessness and working on an in-depth case study of one heterosexual American Single Mother by Choices that explores neoliberal cultures of parenting; and on a comparative study of single mothers by choice , two-mom families, two-dad families, and families that have suffered a pregnancy loss).