Cynthia Daniels
Cynthia Daniels
Hickman Hall - 605

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 ReproductionOxford University Press, 2006

Journal articles:

"Informed or Misinformed Consent: Abortion Politics in the States," Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, co-authored with: Janna Ferguson, Grace Howard and Amanda Roberti, vol 41, no. 2, April, 2016

"Pregnancy Criminalization, Reproductive Asymmetry, and Race: An Experimental Study," Feminist Criminology, co-authored with Christin Munsch, forthcoming 2017

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, 2014 

“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.