Jennifer Denbow

Associate Professor


  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Law and Society
  • 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 feminist political theorist and an interdisciplinary scholar of contemporary US reproductive law, justice, political economy, and technology. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as SignsConstellationsTheory and Event, and Disability Studies Quarterly. She was awarded an ACLS Project Development Grant for her forthcoming book, In the Name of Innovation: Neoliberalism, Biotechnology, and Reproductive Labor (Duke University Press, 2024). She is also the author of Governed through Choice: Autonomy, Technology, and the Politics of Reproduction (NYU Press, 2015). During the 2020-2021 academic year, she was 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 

“Shared Futures or Financialized Futures: Polygenic Screening, Reproductive Justice, and the Radical Charge of Collective Care,” with Tamara Lea Spira, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 49, no. 1 (2023) in Special Issue on Complexities of Care and Caring.

“Neoliberalism and the Innovation/Reproduction Binary,” Theory and Event, vol. 26, no. 3 (2023).

“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Laws: Disability, Social Conservatism, and the Political Economy of Genetic Screening,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 4, 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). profile:

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