Elise Andaya

Elise L. Andaya

Primary Field
Cultural Anthropology
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, SUNY, University at Albany, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Gender; kinship and reproduction; populational change; medical anthropology; health and healthcare; cultures of socialist and post-socialist states; race; migration and transnationalism; personhood and changing ethical systems.

Elise Andaya is a cultural medical anthropologist whose research interests lie at the intersection of reproductive health care, gender, and health policy in the United States and Cuba, and she has published extensively on the politics of abortion and prenatal care in both countries. She is currently working on a book project examining the effects of service sector work and health policy on pregnant service workers in New York City, and is engaged in rapid research on the effects of COVID-19 on reproductive health disparities in New York. 


She has published numerous articles and book chapters on reproductive healthcare and reproductive policy. Her monograph, Conceiving Cuba: Women, Reproduction and the State in the Contemporary Era (2014) won ReproNetwork’s Adele E. Clarke Award for the Best Book in Reproduction and was recognized with an Honorable Mention by the Association of Feminist Anthropology in it Michelle Z. Rosaldo Prize for Best First Book in Feminist Anthropology. Her article, “The Erosion of Rights to Abortion Care in the United States: A Call for a Renewed Anthropological Engagement with the Politics of Abortion,” (2017, co-authored with Joanna Mishtal) was one of Medical Anthropology Quarterly’s most downloaded articles in the 12 months following its publication. 


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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Western Hemisphere
Curriculum Vitae
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