Interdisciplinary gender scholar, University of Adelaide

Erica's research expertise is in the socio-legal, social and cultural aspects of reproduction with particular focus on the cultural politics of abortion. Her work examines how norms of reproduction consolidate identities at the intersection of gender, race, class, sexuality and (dis)ability. She is further interested in examining the relationship between reproduction and racialised processes of nation-building, linking the biopolitics of reproduction to normative identities and ideas of national belonging and exclusion. Her work draws from a range of disciplinary traditions and is interested in exploring the interface between legal, social, cultural and moral aspects of reproduction--at the level of the individual and of the nation--as well as how laws, policies and norms of reproduction affect the experiences of individuals as reproductive subjects. Erica has published widely on these themes as well as the related topics of abortion activism, reproductive justice, and gendered identity formation.

Erica's first book, Happy Abortions: Our Bodies in the Era of Choice was published by Zed Books in December 2017. It is the first book on abortion in the Australian context for two decades and situates abortion politics and discourses in Australia within the broader Anglosphere. The book has been described by Sinéad Kennedy of the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment in Ireland as ‘A provocative and important book that every pro-choice advocate should read.’

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Lecturer, The University of Adelaide

Education

  • 2014 
    University of Melbourne, PhD (Gender Studies and Law)

Publications

  • 2017
    Happy Abortions: Our Bodies in the Era of Choice, London: Zed Books
  • 2017
    Feminism, Foetocentrism and the Politics of Abortion Choice in 1970s Australia, Palgrave McMillan
  • 2016
    Mourned Choices and Grievable Lives: How the Anti-abortion Movement Came to Define the Abortion Experience’, Gender and History
  • 2015
    Choice-makers or Failures: Providing a Genealogy of Abortion Shame and Shaming, Law & History
  • 2015
    ‘“Too Many”: Anxious White Nationalism and the Biopolitics of Abortion in Contemporary Australian History, Australian Feminist Studies
  • 2014
    Abortion, Selfishness and Happy Objects, Routledge