Kimala J. Price

San Diego State University
Women's Studies

Department of Women's Studies, San Diego State University
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My broad research interests include women, public policy and politics; women's health; reproductive rights and justice; visual politics; feminist social movements and activism; interpretive policy analysis; and qualitative/interpretive research methods. I specifically focus on the impact of policy discourses on the regulation reproductive technologies, the political activism of women of color within the emerging reproductive justice movement in the United States, and the intersection of LGBTQ politics and reproductive justice. Additionally, I have a project that focuses on the verbal and visual rhetoric of anti-abortion campaigns that target African Americans. My work has been published in journals such as Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Women’s Health Issues, Sexuality Research and Social Policy and the Journal of Feminist Scholarship, and I have an essay that will be published in the forthcoming edited volume LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader (NYU Press). Last, I am working on a book tentatively entitled Reproductive Politics in the United States, which is under contract at Routledge.

Price, Kimala. 2017. “Queering Reproductive Justice: Toward a Theory and Praxis for Building Intersectional, Political Alliances.” In LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader, edited by Marla Brettschneider, Susan Burgess and Cricket Keating, pp. 72-88. New York: NYU Press.
Abstract: This chapter explores the ways in which activists have attempted to build coalitions and develop a shared agenda between the LGBTQ and reproductive justice movements, despite protestations from some that abortion and reproductive health in general are not LGBTQ issues. Drawing from the experiences of several reproductive justice and LGBTQ advocacy groups and informed by queer and feminist theory and the scholarly literature on reproductive justice, queer politics, and social movements, this essay is part political history of the organizing efforts of these groups and part narrative analysis of the discourse that has emerged from this work. The essay discusses the implications of this case for building political alliances across social justice issues and movements in general.
Price, Kimala. 2016. “The Emergence of the Black Fetus.” Contexts. Winter: 19-20.
Abstract: This essay discusses the increasingly racialized language used by the anti-abortion movement to mobilize the African American community.
Price, Kimala. 2012. “Reflections on Intellectual Hybridity.” Journal for Feminist Scholarship. 2:54-68.
Abstract: Drawing from the growing literature on interdisciplinarity and my own experiences as an intellectual hybrid, I discuss the personal and institutional challenges inherent in crossing disciplinary boundaries in the academy. I argue that boundary crossing is a natural occurrence and that the issue of (inter)disciplinarity is a matter of degree and of determining who gets to define the boundaries. Defining boundaries is not merely an intellectual enterprise, but also a political act that delineates what is, or is not, legitimate scholarship. This issue is especially salient to women’s and gender studies during times of economic distress and educational budget cuts.
Price, Kimala. 2014. “Sex Education.” In Science and Politics: An A to Z Guide to Issues and Controversies, edited by Brent S. Steel, pp. 475-478. Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press.
Abstract: This essay discusses the political controversies regarding sex education in the United States. More broadly, the edited book examines health, environmental, and social/cultural issues relating to science and politics; concerns relating to government regulation and its impact on the practice of science; and key historical and contemporary events that have shaped our contemporary view of how science and politics intersect.
Price, Kimala. 2011. “The Quest for Purity: The Role of Policy Narratives in Determining Teen Girls’ Access to Emergency Contraception in the United States.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy 8 (4): 282-293.
Abstract: Over the last century, U.S. policy-makers have implemented laws, policies and programs, such as abstinence-only sex education programs, that are specifically aimed at preserving the sexual purity of teenage girls while maintaining parental authority over them. The most recent case is the policy of restricting teen girls? access to emergency contraception, which is now available over-the-counter (i.e. without a prescription) to women over the age of 18. Using the case of emergency contraception as an example, the author discusses how contemporary reproductive health policy in the United States is not only influenced by this history of governmental regulation, but also by the ingrained cultural fears and anxieties about teenage sexuality and reproduction that motivate these actions. The author shows how policy narrative analysis in particular was a useful tool in revealing assumptions driving the policy to restrict teen girls? access to emergency contraception, and how it allowed her to predict that teen girls would be placed at the center of debate when many of her reproductive health colleagues mistakenly assumed that emergency contraception would be granted over-the-counter status without controversy.
DOI: DOI 10.1007/s13178-011-0068-8.
Price, Kimala. 2011. “It’s Not Just about Abortion: Incorporating Intersectionality in Research about Women of Color and Reproduction.” Women’s Health Issues 21 (3S): S55-S57.
Abstract: Within women?s and gender studies, it is generally understood that it is important for scholars to address the interlocking effects of gender, race, class, sexual orientation and other markers of social difference in social science research. It has not always been clear how intersectionality as a methodology looks like in practice, but there is an increasing number of social scientists who are writing about how to operationalize intersectionality. This essay specifically discusses ways to incorporate intersectionality in research on abortion and reproduction, and shows how the reproductive justice movement, which is led by women of color, has developed a framework that can be helpful to researchers as they design their projects.
Price, Kimala. 2010. “What is Reproductive Justice? How Women of Color Activists Are Re-Defining the ‘Pro-Choice’ Paradigm.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 10 (2): 42-65.
Abstract: Frustrated by the individualist approach of the "choice" paradigm used by the mainstream reproductive rights movement in the U.S., a growing coalition of women of color organizations and their allies have sought to redefine and broaden the scope of reproductive rights by using a human rights framework. Dubbing itself "the movement for reproductive justice," this coalition connects reproductive rights to other social justice issues such as economic justice, education, immigrant rights, environmental justice, sexual right, and globalization, and believes that this new framework will encourage more women of color and other marginalized groups to become more involved in the political movement for reproductive freedom. Using narrative analysis, this essay explores what reproductive justice means to this movement, while placing it within the political, social, and cultural context from which it emerged.rn

Substantive Focus:
Health Policy PRIMARY
Social Policy SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY