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 scholar and Associate Professor of Political Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is the author of Governed through Choice: Autonomy, Technology, and the Politics of Reproduction (NYU Press, 2015). Her work has also been published in journals such as Signs, Constellations, and Frontiers. She is currently working on a second book project, tentatively titled, In the Name of Innovation: Law and the Political Economy of Reproductive Futures.


  • 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 

"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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