Elisabeth Bolaza is a member of the inaugural cohort of the the Human Sexuality PhD program, and is currently entering the dissertation phase. Her research focuses on the new motherhood, sexuality, and maternal health care in the United States. She is particularly interested in embodiment, pleasure/pain, autonomy, and empowerment in the context of birth. She is also interested in maternal vitality (as well as mortality and trauma) and in birth justice activism, including its online and grassroots expressions in the Bay Area.
Elisabeth engages radical, participatory, and transformative approaches in her research and activism--her multidisciplinary work draws together public health, medical anthropology, cultural studies, and women's studies. She comes to this program with a master's degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley, specializing in Health and Social Behavior & Global Health, and an undergraduate degree in Biology from UCLA. Elisabeth lives in Oakland, California with her husband and daughter, with a new baby coming in summer 2018.