Denise Spitzer


Denise L. Spitzer PhD is a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta and an Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa, where, from 2005-2015, she was the Canada Research Chair in Gender, Migration and Health and as a Principal Scientist in the Institute of Population Health. In addition to undergraduate studies in Biology, Chinese Language, and Music, she holds a Master's degree and doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Spitzer is interested in examining how global processes-intersecting with gender, racialization, migration status and other social identifiers-are implicated in health and wellbeing. Her current program of research focuses on: the impact of the global economy on immigrants, migrants and refugees in different parts of the globe; critical perspectives of the body; transnationalism; constructions of identity; the impact of policy on health and well-being; community-based participatory research; and intersectional analysis. Professor Spitzer has published in journals such as The BMJ, Gender & Society, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Her edited collection, Engendering Migrant Health: Canadian Perspectives, published by the University of Toronto Press in 2011, was recognized by the Women's and Gender Studies Association in 2013 with a WGSRF Outstanding Scholarship citation.

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June 28, 2022

Reproductive control of Indigenous women continues around the world, say survivors and researchers

Survivors of forced sterilization and coerced contraception from Canada, Peru and Indonesia will meet with researchers to share stories, heal and advocate for change.

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