Laura Abbasi-Lemmon

M.A., Women’s and Gender Studies (2016) Stony Brook University; B.A., Art/Communication (Summa Cum Laude, Honors College, 2012) McDaniel College

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Laura is a Ph.D. student in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. She received her B.A. from McDaniel College, with a dual major in Art and Communication in 2012. In 2016, she received a M.A. from Stony Brook University in Women’s and Gender Studies. In her thesis, “Shift Expectations: Medicine, Nature, and Disability,” Laura used common pregnancy manuals (like What to Expect When You’re Expecting) to explore the complex interactions between discourses of medicine, nature, and disability which determine what pregnant women can or cannot, or should or should not do to maintain an acceptable and “healthy” pregnancy that results in a desired, nondisabled child. Her future research will build upon this project, with a greater emphasis on race, and will focus on the pregnancy experiences and resources of Baltimore City, MD.

General research interests: Feminist disability studies, reproductive justice, maternal bodies, motherhood, interdisciplinary methods.