Amy Agigian, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice

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  • PhD, Brandeis University
  • MA, Brandeis University
  • BA University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Reproduction
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
  • Health and Human Rights.

Employment History

  • 2004-present
    Associate Professor, Suffolk University, Sociology Department.
  • 1999-2004
    Assistant Professor, Suffolk University, Sociology Department.
  • Spring 1999
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Suffolk University, Sociology Department.
  • Fall 1998
    Senior Lecturer, Suffolk University, Sociology Department.
  • 1997-1998
    Tutor, Harvard University, Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies, and History of Science Department.
  • 1994-1998
    Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies.
  • 1993-1997
    Lecturer, Brandeis University, Sociology Department.


  • "Holistic sickening: breast cancer and the discursive worlds of complementary and alternative practitioners.” With Susan Sered. Sociology of Health & Illness Vol. 30 No. 4 2008: 616– 631.
  • Baby Steps: How Lesbian Insemination is changing the World. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press. Paper edition, 2005.
  • “Stratified Reproduction.” Entry in the Encyclopedia of Sociology, Blackwell, 2005.

Oral Presentations

  • “Women’s Mental Health and Well-Being: How a Human Rights Perspective Helps.” Keynote address at the conference “Women’s Mental Health and Well-Being: (How) Does a Human Rights Perspective Help?” Suffolk University. Boston. January 2007.
  • “Health, Human Rights, and Hurricane Katrina.” Presentation in the Health and the Environment panel, Boston Meets Katrina: Anniversary Symposium. University of Massachusetts, Boston. September 2006.
  • “Silence, Ideology, Enforced Stories, and Hidden Agendas: Laws & Policies regarding Lesbian AI And their Implementation.” Thematic Session Panelist, American Sociological Association Conference. Montreal. August 2006.

Professional Activities

  • Director, Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights   
  • Academic Director, Practicum in Advocacy at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Other Activities

  • Principal and Steering Committee Member, Massachusetts CEDAW Coalition
  • Board Member, Jobs with Justice, Workers’ Rights Board
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Courses Taught

  • SOC-253-A Sociology of Health and Illness
  • SOC-H113-A Honors Intro to Sociology
  • SOC-228-A Cultural, Global and Social
  • SOC-355-A Women and Health
  • SOC-113-A Introduction to Sociology