Marcia Inhorn

(on leave 2023-24) Chair & Graduate Certificate Adviser, Council on Middle East Studies; William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs
10 Sachem St, New Haven, CT 06511-3707
Fields of interest : 

Medical Anthropology, Modern Middle East Studies, Islamic Studies, Middle East Gender Studies, Masculinity Studies, Health and Medicine in the Middle East, Reproduction, Religion and Bioethics, Refugee Studies; Field Research in the Arab Gulf, Lebanon, Egypt, Arab America

Marcia C. Inhorn is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University and the Chair of the Center for Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center. A specialist on Middle Eastern gender, religion, and health issues, Inhorn has conducted research on the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America over the past 30 years. She is the author of five books on the subject, including her most recent book, Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai, which was published by Duke University Press (2015). Inhorn is the (co)editor of nine volumes, founding editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS), and co-editor of Berghahn Books’ “Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality” series. Inhorn has received numerous awards for her books and scholarship, including the American Anthropological Association’s Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for excellence in anticipatory anthropology; the AAA’s Eileen Basker and Diana Forsythe Prizes for outstanding anthropological research in gender, health, and biomedical technology; the JMEWS Book Award in Middle East gender studies; and the Middle East Distinguished Scholar award from the AAA’s Middle East Section. She has also received the Graduate Mentor Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology’s Student Association. Inhorn has directed Yale’s Council on Middle East Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association, and was President of the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. In Fall 2010, Inhorn was the first Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor at the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has also been a visiting faculty member at the American University of Beirut and the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Currently, Inhorn is completing a book on Arab refugee reproductive health, which is under contract with Stanford University Press. She has also conducted a two-year National Science Foundation study on oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) for both medical and elective fertility preservation.