GWS 100 Introduction to GWS with Professor Teresa Barnes

Lynne Curry, "Beyond 'Choice': Roe v. Wade as U. S. Constitutional History"

Brianna Theobald, "Self-Determination Begins in the Womb," Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century

La'Tasha D. Mayes, "Reproductive Justice: The Ultimate Political Countermove for Black Women"

Dov Fox, Eli Y. Adashi, and I. Glenn Cohen, "A Troubling Court Decision for Reproductive Rights: Legal Recognition of Fetal Standing to Sue"

Lecture 1/ Lecture 2 Powerpoints


GWS 100 Introduction to GWS with Professor Emma Velez

L. Hinojosa Hernández, “Feminist Approaches to Border Studies and Gender Violence: Family Separation as Reproductive Injustice”

W. Dowe, "“The Traumas of Irwin Continue to Haunt Me”: Non-Consensual Surgery Survivor Seeks Restitution, Calls to Shut Down Detention Centers" (link)
The State of Eugenics (PBS video, 56 min, link)
28-minute lecture video on reproductive injustice:

Kimala Price, "What Is Reproductive Justice? How Women of Color are Redefining the Pro-Choice Paradigm"

Black Feminist Rants, “Abortion Storytelling and The Myth of "Pro-Life Feminism" w/ Renee Bracey Sherman” (Podcast Link + Transcript; 60 min) 
25-minute lecture on reproductive justice:


GWS 201 Race, Gender and Power with Professor Damian Vergara Bracamontes

Zavella, Patricia. "Intersectional praxis in the movement for reproductive justice: The respect ABQ women campaign." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 42, no. 2 (2017): 509-533.

Zavella, Patricia. "Contesting structural vulnerability through reproductive justice activism with Latina immigrants in California." North American Dialogue 19, no. 1 (2016): 36-45.

Patton-Imani, Sandra. “What about the Children?: Genealogies of Illegitimacy and Reproductive Injustice, 1990–2000.” In Queering Family Trees: Race, Reproductive Justice, and Lesbian Motherhood, 109–35. NYU Press, 2020.

Hernández, Leandra Hinojosa, and Sarah De Los Santos Upton. "Transgender migrant rights, reproductive justice, and the Mexico–US border in the time of COVID-19." QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking 7, no. 3 (2020): 142-150.

Vora, Kalindi. "Intertwined Colonial Pasts and the Present in Global Fertility Chains." Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 8, no. 1 (2022).

Legal Cases: 1978: Madrigal V Quilligan

Film: Tajima-Peña, Renee, No Más Bebés, February 1, 2016.


GWS 282 Feminist and Queer Activisms with Professor Mimi Thi Nguyen

Natalie Lira and Alexandra M. Stern, 2014, “Mexican Americans and Eugenic Sterilization: Resisting Reproductive Injustice in California, 1920- 1950,” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies Vol. 39, No. 2.: 9-34

Jennifer Nelson, 2001, “’Abortions Under Community Control’: Feminism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Reproduction among New York City’s Young Lords,” Journal of Women’s History, Vol 13, No. 1:157-180.

Various, 2004, Jane: Documents from Chicago's Clandestine Abortion Service, 1968-1973, Baltimore: firestarter press.

32-minute lecture on reproductive control:


GWS 387 History of Sexuality with Professor Damian Vergara Bracamontes

Beth Bailey, “Prescribing the Pill: Politics, Culture, and the Sexual Revolution in America’s Heartland,” Journal of Social History 30.4 (1997): 827-856.

Rivers, Daniel. “In the Best Interests of the Child”: Lesbian and Gay Parenting Custody Cases, 1967–1985." Journal of Social History 43, no. 4 (2010): 917-943.


GWS 395 Policing Latinx (Im)migrant Communities with Professor Damian Vergara Bracamontes

Martinez, Roberto, “The Border and Human Rights: A Testimony,” del Castillo, Richard Griswold, ed. Chicano San Diego: Cultural Space and the Struggle for Justice.

Escobar, Martha, “Violent Formations: Criminalizing and Disciplining (Im)migrant Women,” Captivity Beyond Prisons: Criminalization Experiences of Latina (Im)migrants.

Patiño, Jimmy. “He had a Uniform and Authority, Border Patrol Violence, Women’s Agency, and Chicano/Mexicano Resistance,” Raza Sí, Migra No: Chicano Movement Struggles for Immigrant Rights in San Diego.



The Asian American Writers' Workshop: Black and Asian Reproductive Justice Syllabus

Black Women Radicals: Reproductive Justice: A Reading List

Radical History Review: U.S. Abortion Politics In Context




Laura Briggs, 2002,  Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science, and US Imperialism in Puerto Rico, Berkeley: UC Press.

Barbara Gurr, 2015,  Reproductive Justice: The Politics of Health Care for Native American Women, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

Natalie Lira, 2021, Laboratory of Deficiency: Sterilization and Confinement in California, 1900–1950s, Berkeley: UC Press.

Robin Marty, 2021, The New Handbook for a Post-Roe America, Seven Stories Press. (Free e-book download)

Leslie Reagan, 1997, When Abortion was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867-1973, Berkeley: UC Press.

Leslie J. Reagan, “Caught in the Net,” Slate, Sept. 10, 2021,

Leslie J. Reagan, “Texas’s New Abortion Law Threatens Women’s Health and Well-Being,” “Washington Post, Made by History, June 28, 2021,

Loretta Ross, Lynn Roberts, Erika Derkas, Whitney Peoples, and Pamela Bridgewater, 2017, Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, Critique, New York: The Feminist Press. (all chapters available through UIUC's library website)

Loretta Ross, 2017, "Reproductive Justice as Intersectional Feminist Activism," Souls 19: 286-314. 

Loretta Ross, 2006, "The color of choice: white supremacy and reproductive justice," in Color of Violence : the Incite! Anthology. Cambridge, Mass: South End Press.

Dorothy Roberts, 1998, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty, Vintage Publishers.

Jael Silliman, Marlene G. Fried, Loretta Ross, Elena Gutierrez, eds., 2016, Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, Haymarket Press.

Hortense Spillers, 1982, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.” Diacritics 17.2: 65-81.

Podcasts and Videos

Sunday, March 6, 2022, Chicago Women's History Center Women's History Month Event, “Illinois’s Reproductive Health Act & the War on Women’s Choice:  History, Policy, and Practice,”

NPR All Things Considered, “She Was Out in Front of the Fight to Legalize Abortion,” Oct. 11, 2021,

Ezra Klein Show, New York Times, Podcast, “We’re on the Precipice of a Post-Roe World,” Sept. 21, 2021,

Alicia Gutierrez-Romine, February 6, 2020, "History of Abortion Legislation," C-SPAN.
The Daily: Roe v. Wade, Part 1 & Part 2