Cynthia Daniels
Cynthia Daniels
HCK 603

Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 and by appointment.

Gender and Politics; Reproductive Politics and the Law; Bioethics; Masculinity




Prof. Daniels has taught at Rutgers since 1992. She has formerly served as the department chair (2009-2012) and currently serves at the Associate Campus Dean for Douglass.  Prof. Daniels is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Rutgers University ‘Faculty Diversity Award (2012),’ awarded for outstanding achievement in contributing to diversity of the University faculty.  Prof. Daniels is a native of the Jersey shore (Pt. Pleasant).


Prof. Daniels has published widely in the areas of gender, reproduction and politics, including (most recently):


Exposing Men: The Science and Politics of Male Reproduction (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Journal articles:

Comment: Developmental biology: Don’t blame the mothers,” Nature, co-authored with S.Richardson  J. Golden, R. Kukla, C. Kuzawa, and J.W. Rich-Edwards, forthcoming August 2014

“Transforming a Department; Transforming a Discipline,” Politics and Gender forthcoming 2014. The article can be accessed here

“Gendered Eugenics and the Problematic of the ‘Free Market’ in Reproduction,” co-authored with Erin Heidt-Forsythe,>Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society vol 37, No 3, Spring 2012 



Prof. Daniels is currently working on a number of projects related to research on ‘Informed Consent and the Politics of Abortion in the U.S.’ which analyzes the medical ‘informed consent’ materials states mandate women seeking abortions must read.  She is collaborating on this project with an interdisciplinary team from the medical sciences as well as two PhD candidates in political science, Grace Howard and Amanda Roberti, and a number of Aresty undergraduate research assistants.     


Prof. Daniels teaches upper level undergraduate courses on ‘The Politics of Abortion,’ as well as graduate seminars on 'Gender, Public Policy and Political Theory.’  She also regularly offers a ‘Byrne Seminar’ for first-year undergraduate students on the politics of abortion.