Siri Suh

Siri Suh, PhD, MPH, is Assistant Professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Global Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her research bridges the fields of global maternal and reproductive health, population and development studies, and feminist studies of technology, medicine and science. Professor Suh received her PhD in Sociomedical Sciences and MPH from Columbia University and her BA in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research has been funded by the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She has conducted research on maternal and reproductive health with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, Management Sciences for Health, the Guttmacher Institute and Global Doctors for Choice. Her current book project, "Obstetric Ambiguities: Reproductive Governance, Evidence and Global Abortion Politics in Senegal," explores the production, interpretation, and circulation of abortion data in Senegal, a predominantly Muslim country where the law forbids abortion under any circumstance and the United States Agency for International Development is the primary bilateral donor of population aid. In her next project, Professor Suh will examine how the introduction of an abortifacient drug, Misoprostol, has transformed the professional, political, and technological landscapes of maternal and reproductive health care in Senegal.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2014.
  • MPH: Population and Family Health, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2004.
  • BA: Sociology, University of California at Berkeley, 2000.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Global health
  • Feminist Studies of Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Global population and development
  • Sociology of medicine
  • Sociology of Reproduction
  • Ethnography
  • Senegal
  • West Africa
Courses Taught
  • Sciences, Bodies, Technologies (GWSS 4003)
  • Politics of Reproduction (GWSS 3290)
  • Feminist Research Methods (GWSS 8109)
  • Politics of Global Health (GLOS 3900)
  • Biopolitics of Health and Disease in the African Diaspora (GLOS 3900)
  • Suh, Siri Siri (2017). Accounting for abortion: accomplishing transnational reproductive governance through post-abortion care in Senegal. Global Public Health, doi:10.1080/17441692.2017.1301513, 1-18. LinkDownload
  • Jaffré, Yannick and Siri Suh (2016). Where the lay and the technical meet: using an anthropology of interfaces to explain persistent disparities in reproductve health in West Africa. Social Science & Medicine, 156, 175-183. Download
  • Suh, Siri Siri (2015). "Right tool,” wrong “job”: Manual vacuum aspiration, post-abortion care and transnational population politics in Senegal.. Social Science and Medicine, 135, 56-66. Download
  • Suh, Siri Siri (2014). Rewriting abortion: deploying medical records in jurisdictional negotiation over a forbidden practice in Senegal. Social Science and Medicine, 108, 20-33. Download
  • American Fellowship (Short-Term Publication Award), American Association of University Women, July 2017 - August 2017
  • Maria De Castro Benton Dissertation Award, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, 2015
  • Jack Elinson Award for Published Article of Outstanding Merit, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, 2014
  • Doctoral Award for Excellence in Global Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 2014
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2013 - 2014
  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2010 - 2011
  • Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, 2009
  • Individual NICHD NRSA Predoctoral Award, 2009 - 2013
  • Population Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2004 - 2006