Kristin Luker, Professor

Closed (1) The History of Contraception and Abortion in the United States

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

This project is part of an ongoing research project on how contraception and abortion, common parts of American family life during much of American history, came to be regulated in the late 19th century, became liberalized a century later, and are now the focus of intense political controversy. That regulation helped shape racial and gender hierarchies up to the present day. I am the founder of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, ( and reproductive justice--ensuring the rights of all women (and men) to make choices about their sexual and reproductive lives, has been my commitment for many years.

The URAPs will conduct research for 6-9 hours a week for the duration of the semester. The URAP will be engaged with different aspects of research including study design, literature reviews, and qualitative data collection (e.g., documents and interview). The URAPs will receive assignments and will participate in periodic meetings to share the results. As the URAPs become more familiar with the project parameters and expectations, professor and URAPs may further develop assignments that reflect mutual interest. The Spring URAP(s) will join two continuing URAP students currently working on the project
URAP student commitment and responsibilities for this semester are the following:

1) Contribute a minimum of six hours work per week to the project, with reasonable flexibility for midterms and finals
2) Attend periodic meetings with fellow URAPs, staff, and Professor Luker
3) Engage in library and on-line research . Research could include searching databases for relevant articles
4) Read research articles to increase familiarity with the field
5) Write brief literature summaries and analytic memos

Qualifications: Basic computer literacy is required (e.g. Word, Excel, Google Drive). Prior evidence of research, writing, and organizational skills would be a bonus(writing sample will be required if selected for interview). Position is open to all students regardless of major but students with interest in research on social change, gender, race and/or law are especially encouraged to apply.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

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