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Professor Maria Fannin

Professor Maria Fannin

Professor Maria Fannin
B.A.(Kentucky), M.A., Ph.D.(Wash.)

Professor of Human Geography

Office 2.8N
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 8928

Research summary

My research interests include feminist theoretical approaches to health and new medical technologies and empirical research on the ‘tissue economies’ of health and medicine. Current research projects include a collaborative study on the making of the placenta as a scientific object in contemporary midwifery practice and medical research. I am also interested in the social and governmental dimensions of pregnancy and childbirth, and more recently, the intersections of motherhood and entrepreneurialism in the UK.

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I came to Bristol in 2006, having completed my Masters and PhD in Human Geography at the University of Washington in Seattle. My Masters and PhD research focused broadly on the spaces and politics of home birth and midwifery, specifically in the United States, Canada and France.

My research continues to focus on the body and health and for the last few years have carried out research projects related to stem cell donation, commercial blood storage, and more recently with a collaborator, Professor Julie Kent, the history of a placenta biobank. My interest in the placenta as an 'object to ...

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