I am a medical anthropologist, trained in the Dept. of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. In 2007-2008 I was a postdoctoral research scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where I was affiliated with the Science, Technology and Society Center and with the Beatrice M. Bain Research Group. In fall 2008 I began a postdoctoral research training position in the Dept. of Anthropology and at the Penn Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies at the University of Pennsylvania. My research for the past ten years has focused on gestational surrogacy arrangements and on the personal experiences of surrogates and intended parents. This research will be published by University of California Press in Feb 2010 as a book entitled, Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self. My current research is a comparative study of Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women from Israel and the US and their experiences with pregnancy and prenatal diagnosis. My larger research interests include the Anthropology of Reproduction, Medical Anthropology, the Anthropology of the Body and Jewish Folklore. I am married to Avi Solomon and together we are the proud parents of Uriel Moshe, our three year old son, and Rachela Tilly, our newborn daughter.

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