South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Vrinda Marwah

MA, London School of Economics and Political Science

PhD student



Reproductive health and technologies, Gender, Sexuality, Race and Ethnicity, Qualitative Methodology, Contemporary India, Social Movements, Law and Policy, State


Vrinda Marwah is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research interests are in reproductive health issues, particularly in the processes and effects of the translation of these issues into law and policy in contemporary India.

Vrinda’s Masters thesis focused on hijras in India, and examined debates around sexual subjectivity, identity, and terminology in the context of HIV/AIDS, queer mobilisation and legal reform.  She received her MSc in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics, and her BA in Political Science from the University of Delhi.

Vrinda has worked at the research, capacity building, and policy advocacy levels with Sama- Resource Group for Women and Health, and CREA, Delhi. 


SOC S307K • Fertility And Reproduction-Wb

83493 • Summer 2021
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM
Internet; Synchronous
CDGC SB (also listed as WGS S301)


In an ideal world, all people would have the freedom to decide whether, when, and how to have children. Needless to say, we do not live in an ideal world. In this course, we examine how, and to what effect, social forces act on people’s reproductive lives and decision making. Our goal will be to analyze the politics of reproduction, and drawing on readings, films, discussions, group work, and assignments, answer the following questions: What even is reproduction—is it just childbearing and rearing, or is it more than that? How do the pressures on people’s reproductive lives vary by social positions of race, gender, class, nation, etc.? And can reproduction serve as a lens through which to understand our society and ourselves?


Required Texts (the Dean’s Office will not accept “Course Packet” or “TBA”)



Jeffrey Sartin, 2004. J. “Marion Sims, the Father of Gynecology: Hero or Villian?” Southern Medical Journal. 95(5): 500-505.

Roberts, D. (2015). Reproductive justice, not just rights. Dissent, 62(4), 79-82.

Nixon, L. (2013). The right to (trans) parent: a reproductive justice approach to reproductive rights, fertility, and family-building issues facing transgender people. Wm. & Mary J. Women & L., 20, 73.

Greenhalgh, S. (2003). Science, modernity, and the making of China's one‐child policy. Population and development review, 29(2), 163-196.

Inhorn, Marcia. “A Male Infertility Crisis Is Coming. The Middle East Can Help.”  New York Times, October 21, 2017

Mason, K. O. (1997). Explaining fertility transitions. Demography, 34(4), 443-454 

Hendrixson, Ojeda. “Confronting Populationism: Feminist Challenges to Population Control in an Era of Climate Change.” Gender, place and culture: a journal of feminist geography 27.3 (2020): 307–315. 


Grading Policy

40% Reproductive history interview + 6 pages of reflection essay

40% Presentation in pairs

20% Participation grade

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