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Nilay Erten

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109 Davenport Hall
607 S. Mathews Ave.
607 S Mathews
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801


I am a cultural and medical anthropologist whose research and teaching interests include medical anthropology, gender, reproduction and health, ethics and politics of care. My work has been supported by Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, American Research Institute in Turkey and several Yale University grants. I am currently developing my first book manuscript tentatively titled At Least Three Children: Reproduction, Health and Care in “Mother-Friendly” Turkey. Drawing on in-depth interviews and ethnographic observation at clinics, hospitals and homes, At Least Three Children illustrates the ongoing negotiations that shape the practices, aspirations and decisions around reproduction in Turkey. 

Research Description

Reproduction; Health and Care; Methods and Theories of Medical Anthropology, Feminist Studies of the State, Turkey and the Middle East