Jennifer Denbow

Associate Professor


  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Public Law
  • Political Theory
  • Reproductive Law and Politics
  • Science and Technology Studies

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About Jennifer Denbow

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Dr. Jennifer Denbow is a critical, interdisciplinary scholar whose work focuses on contemporary US reproductive law, politics, and technology. Her work has been published in journals such as Signs, Constellations, and Disability Studies Quarterly. She is also the author of Governed through Choice: Autonomy, Technology, and the Politics of Reproduction (NYU Press, 2015). She was awarded an ACLS Project Development Grant for her current book project, In the Name of Innovation: Technological “Fixes” and the Crisis of Reproductive Labor, which argues that the tendency to invest in innovations and hype them as solutions to social problems contributes to the devaluation of reproductive labor. During the 2020-2021 academic year, she is a Visiting Scholar at the Feminist Research Institute at UC Davis.


  • Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality, University of California, Berkeley (2010)
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley (2007)
  • B.S., Philosophy, Minors in Mathematics and Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2003)


  • Civil Rights in America
  • Basic Concepts of Political Thought
  • Judicial Process
  • US Reproductive Politics
  • Feminist Legal Theory


Selected Publications 

“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Laws: Disability, Social Conservatism, and the Political Economy of Genetic Screening,” Disability Studies Quarterly (forthcoming, December 2020).

"Good Mothering Before Birth: Measuring Attachment and Ultrasound as an Affective Technology,” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 5 (2019).

“The Problem with Hobby Lobby: Neoliberal Jurisprudence and Neoconservative Values,” Feminist Legal Studies (2017).

"Abortion as Genocide: Race, Agency, and Nation in Prenatal Nondiscrimination Bans," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 41, no. 3 (2016).

"Governed through Choice: Autonomy, Technology, and the Politics of Reproduction" (New York: New York University Press, 2015).

“Reproductive Autonomy, Counter-conduct, and the Juridical,” Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, vol. 21, no. 3 (2014).

“Sterilization as Cyborg Performance: Reproductive Freedom and the Regulation of Sterilization,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, vol. 35, no. 1 (2014).

“The Pedagogy of Rape Law: Objectivity, Identity, and Emotion,” The Journal of Legal Education, vol. 64, no. 1 (2014). profile:

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