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Andrea Ford is a cultural and medical anthropologist at the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society at the University of Edinburgh School of Medicine. Her research explores childbearing, periods, endometriosis, and hormones, more broadly investigating how ideas about gender, bodies, knowledge, nature, and technology shape the culture surrounding medicine and reproduction. She also practices as a birth doula and is dedicated to working towards reproductive, environmental, and social justice.

In 2024 she will begin a 5-year Wellcome Trust project investigating the 'FemTech' ecosystem, including the changing relationship between public and private institutions of knowledge production and care provision, and how concerns about surveillance intersect with promissory ideas about digital health 

She received her PhD from the University of Chicago, and MA from the University of Ghana, Legon where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has also worked, taught, and studied at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the FrameWorks Institute, and the UK's National Health Service. Currently, she is a member of the UK Young Academy and is working on bridging academic and non-academic spaces for research, ideas, and cultural change.

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, Doctor in Philosophy, Near Birth: Gendered Politics, Embodied Ecologies, and Ethical Futures in Californian Childbearing, The University of Chicago

Award Date: 25 Aug 2017

Anthropology, Master of Arts, The University of Chicago

Award Date: 30 Nov 2011

African Studies, Master of Arts, University of Ghana

Award Date: 6 Sept 2010

Sociology/Anthropology/Religion, Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley

Award Date: 29 Aug 2008


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