Barbara Katz Rothman

Phone: 646 312-4470
Fax: 646 312-4461
Location: VC 4264



Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD, is Professor of Sociology, Public Health, Disability Studies and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she also runs the Food Studies concentration.

Her books include IN LABOR; THE TENTATIVE PREGNANCY; RECREATING MOTHERHOOD; THE BOOK OF LIFE; WEAVING A FAMILY:UNTANGLING RACE AND ADOPTION, and LABORING ON, and the forthcoming BUN IN THE OVEN: Crafting An Artisanal Midwifery Movement. (Working title) She is Past President of Sociologists for Women in Society; the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and current President of the Eastern Sociological Society.

Her professional honors and awards include the Lee Founders Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Jesse Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association, the mentoring award of Sociologists for Women in Society, the Award for the Promotion of Human Welfare of the Southern Sociological Society, and a particular source of pride, an award for “Midwifing the Movement” from the Midwives Alliance of North America.

She has been a participant in the Scholars-in-Residence Program of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where she conducted research for her book Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption; a Marie Goepert Mayer Professor at the Universitat Osnabrueck in Germany; a Leverhulme Professors at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom; a Visting Professor at the Charite Hospital and Medical School in Berlin; and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and a visting Professor at the International Midwifery Preparation Program of Ryerson University in Toronto Canada,

She received her PhD in Sociology from New York University, but her undergraduate and Master’s degree are from Brooklyn College. Having been a faculty member at Baruch College and the Graduate School since 1979, she considers herself both a true CUNY product and member of the CUNY community.

Selected Publications (Books only):

A Bun in the Oven: Crafting an Artisanal Midwifery Movement, New York University Press, forthcoming
Laboring On: Birth in Transition in the United States, With Wendy Simonds and Bari Meltzer Norman. Routledge, 2007, an updated version of In Labor: Women and Power in the Birthplace. W.W. Norton and Company, 1982
Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption. Beacon Press, 2005
The Book of Life: A Personal and Ethical Guide to Race, Normality and the Implications of the Human Genome Project. Beacon Press: 2000 (Originally published as Of Maps and Imaginations. W.W. Norton and Company). Published in Finland, 2002.
The Encyclopedia of Childbearing: Critical Perspectives. Oryx Press. 1993.
Centuries of Solace: Expressions of Maternal Grief in Popular Literature. (co-authored with Wendy Simonds). Temple University Press: 1992.
Recreating Motherhood: Ideology and Technology in a Patriarchal Society. WW. Norton and Company: 1989. Published in Japan, 1994.
The Tentative Pregnancy. Viking Press: 1986. Published in Germany 1988.


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