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Reproductive Sociology Research Group





The Reproductive Righteousness Project


The Reproductive Righteousness Project is a new initiative launched to explore the ways in which families, fertility and reproduction have become increasingly important discursive moral devices through which right wing populist leaders invoke the threat of national, social and cultural decline. From Trump’s “America first” to Kaczyński’s “there is only one Poland,” expressions of ethno-nationalism, right-wing populism, and authoritarianism are increasingly central to right-wing authoritarian regimes. This project brings together feminist scholars with wide-ranging expertise to collaboratively theorize expressions of what we call “reproductive righteousness.” The project is interdisciplinary, comparative, and global in scope. We take a critical approach that incorporates intersectional feminist, queer, and reproductive justice perspectives, and questions normative assumptions about reproduction, gender, religion, race and the state.

The Reproductive Righteousness Project is a collaborative research effort led by Risa Cromer (Purdue University), Sarah Franklin (University of Cambridge) and Lea Taragin-Zeller (Hebrew University and University of Cambridge).




Upcoming Events


Project Launch

Reproductive Righteousness and the Alt-Right State: An International Feminist Symposium

June 30, 2021, 15:00 - 17:00 (London / BST / GMT+1)


On June 30th, the Reproductive Righteousness project was launched with a symposium called “Reproductive Righteousness and the Alt-Right State: An International Feminist Symposium”, featuring feminist scholars from around the world who offered a comparative discussion of this important topic. 






Risa Cromer and Lea Taragin-Zeller, “Reproductive Politics and the Rising Global Right: A Provocation”

Andrea Peto, “Attacks on Reproductive Rights ‘Through the Looking Glass’ ”

Sonia Correa, “Reproductive States’ Righteousness: Chartering Temporalities, Commonalities, Heterogeneities”

Akanksha Mehta, “On 'Love Jihad' and Hindu Nationalist women - Tracing Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Caste in the violence of a Right-Wing Movement”



Sarah Franklin


Register for the event here 


More Information

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July 1-2, 2021



Risa Cromer, Purdue University Sarah Franklin, University of Cambridge

Lea Taragin-Zeller, Hebrew University
/ University of Cambridge


Project Members

Gabriela Arguedas-Ramirez. Universidad de Costa Rica                   

Sophie Bjork-James, Vanderbilt University

Sonia Correa, Independent Scholar, Brazil                 

Manali Desai, University of Cambridge                    

Nilay Erten, University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne          

Katie Gaddini, University College London                  

Faye Ginsburg, New York University                                      

Marcia Inhorn, Yale University                       

Ben Kasstan, University of Bristol                                        

Akanksha Mehta, Goldsmiths University                                         

Maria Dulce Natividad, University of the Philippines                

Andrea Peto, Central European University                                        

Seda Saluk, University of Michigan                                                

Marcin Smietana, University of Cambridge                                     

Soraya Tremayne, University of Oxford