Carole Joffe, PhD

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH)
Professor Emerita, Dept. of Sociology, University of California, Davis


Dr. Joffe's most recent book is Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings, co-edited with Jennifer Reich. She is the author of four additional books:

She also is the author of numerous articles on various aspects of reproductive health services and politics. Besides writing for an academic audience, Joffe has throughout her career written for the general public, publishing op-eds and letters in leading newspapers (Los Angeles Times. Washington Post, New York Times, etc) and websites, such as, Huffington Post, Salon, Slate and others.


Areas of interest:

  • Sociology of reproductive health and reproductive politics
  • Sociological aspects of abortion provision
  • Gender and public policy


Awards and honors:

  • David Gunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Abortion Care Network, 2015
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Family Planning, 2013
  • Irwin Kushner Lecturer by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, 2010
  • Public Service Award granted by the faculty senate at UC Davis, 2006 



  • University of California, Berkeley, Doctorate in Sociology