Zakiya Luna


President's Postdoctoral Fellow
Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
2850 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 500
Berkeley, CA 94705-7220
Tel: (510) 643-2335
Fax: (510) 643-7095
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My research is in the areas of social movements, law and society, reproduction and identity. In 2011, I completed a joint PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan, where I also earned my Master's of Social Work in 2009. My dissertation examined the mechanisms and consequences of the reproductive justice movement’s integration of international human rights into US reproductive rights advocacy. This project was funded in part by a National Science Foundation Law and Social Science Dissertation Grant.

I have current and forthcoming publications in Sociological Inquiry, Feminist Studies, Societies without Borders, and Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change. I have taught in multiple departments and received UM Sociology’s 2010-11 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award.

I am continuing my research on the reproductive justice movement and examining the intersecting politics of race and sexuality in controversies around reproduction.

In 2011-12, I am the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Wisconsin, Madison. I am hosted by the Center for Research on Gender and Women, and affiliated with the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and Department of Sociology. In 2012-13, I will be a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Berkeley during which time I will be hosted by the Center for the Study of Law and Society.