American Studies
American Studies

Anna Lyon


Doctoral Student
Anna Lyon

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US cultural history, medical history, reproductive technologies, critical race studies, queer studies, materialist feminism

Biography


Originally from Seattle, Anna holds a B.A. in Gender Studies from USC (2012) and an M.A. from NYU’s Draper Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Thought (2015). Her master's work offers a materialist analysis of feminist political projects in the 1970s, focusing on projects that politicized the quotidian realities of women's lives, including consciousness-raising groups and the women's health book, Our Bodies, Ourselves.

At UT, Anna is continuing her materialist study of women in the US, focusing particularly on the medical technologies that have shaped pregnancy, childbirth, and women’s healthcare from slavery through the present day. Taking modern Assisted Reproductive Technologies, like egg donation, as an entry point, her work traces the legacies of racial and class-based stratification that have shaped women’s access to, and exploitation by, the medical world throughout America’s history.

Anna is also a full-time middle-school humanities teacher at Long-View Microschool, and tutors elementary and middle school students in writing.

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