Graduate Faculty

Daniels, Cynthia



Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1984)

Research Interests

Women and Politics.

Biographical Notes

Professor Daniels has previously taught at Harvard University (Social Studies) and at the University of Hawaii (Women's Studies and Political Science) and at Northeastern University (Political Science). She is the recipient of many fellowships and awards including the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, the Bunting Institute Fellowship and the AAUW Dissertation fellowship and the Victoria Schuck Book Award.

Prof. Daniels is the Director of the Informed Consent Project. Many states have passed abortion-related ‘Informed Consent’ laws which require that a woman seeking an abortion receive a state-authored informational packet before her abortion procedure can be performed. The Informed Consent Project evaluates the ‘medical accuracy’ of this information with a focus on information on embryological and fetal development.

For more information about the project visit the Website:

Prof. Daniels is currently working on several research projects related to the politics of reproduction in the United States. In her work on sperm and egg banking in the U.S., she examines the 'gender eugenic' underinnings of the market in human gametes. She explores these issues (with co-author Erin Heidt-Forsythe) in a recent journal article, "Gendered Eugenics and the Probmenatic of Free Market Reproductive Technologies: Sperm and Egg Donation in the United States", which appears in volume 37, issue 3 of Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society.

Other ongoing research projects include an analysis of the gender biases of workplace and environmental health and safety standards and reproductive health advice, and an examination of the politics and implementation of laws relating to 'informed consent' to abortion.

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

Faculty Diversity Award, 2012

Office of the President, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

- Awarded for outstanding achievement in contributing to diversity of the University faculty

Faculty Fellowship Award, 1998, 2000, and 2003

Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Victoria Schuck Award, 1994

American Political Science Association

- Awarded for the best book in the Field of Women and Politics for At Women's Expense: State Power and the Politics of Fetal Rights (Harvard University Press, 1993).

Hermon Dunlap Smith Fellow, 1989-1990

Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College

Women's Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 1982

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Dissertation Fellowship, 1982-1983.

American Association of University Women

Selected Publications

Professor Daniel's has published widely on questions of gender equality, racial and class politics, fetal rights and reproductive politics, violence against women, labor politics and the law. Her most recent book is Exposing Men: The Science and Politics of Male Reproduction (Oxford University Press, 2006). She is also the author of:

She has also authored

  • "Shifting Gender Paradigms: Johnson Controls, Fetal Rights and the Politics of Protectionism," Policy Studies Review (Winter 91-92)
  • "Fetal Interventions: Biomedical Issues in Maternal/Fetal Politics," Medicine Unbound: The Human Body and the Limits of Medical Interventions, R.Blank and A. Bonnicksen, eds., Vol. III in Emerging Issues in Biomedical Policy series. (Columbia University Press, 1993)
  • "No Place Like Home," Feminist Frameworks: Alternative Theoretical Accounts of the Relations Between Men and Women, 3rd edition, Jaggar & Rothenberg, eds. (McGraw Hill, 1992)
  • "Gender Difference, Fetal Rights and the Politics of Protectionism," From Abortion to Reproductive Freedom, M.Fried, ed. (South End Press, 1990)

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