Faculty Profile

Anna R Kirkland, Ph.D, J.D.

Anna R Kirkland, Ph.D, J.D.

  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women’s Studies

  • Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG)

  • Professor, Health Management and Policy
  • 204 South State Street
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1290

Professor Kirkland works on the law and politics of health discrimination, insurance coverage, sexual harassment, and related topics. Professor Kirkland’s ongoing research project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is an investigation into the implementation and politics of Section 1557, the non-discrimination clause of the Affordable Care Act that protects patients from discrimination in health care settings, with a focus on transgender discrimination.

  • WS 111: Gender and Sexuality in U.S. Law (undergraduate seminar) WS 151: Theories of Rights (freshman seminar)
  • WS/SOC 270: Gender and the Law (undergraduate lecture course)
  • WS 308/PS 308: Law and Politics of Sexuality (undergraduate lecture course)
  • PS 317: Courts, Politics, and Society (undergraduate lecture course)
  • WS 331: Advanced Gender and Law (undergraduate seminar)
  • WS 344: Conservatives and Feminists (undergraduate seminar)
  • WS 402: Gender and Health Policy (undergraduate seminar)
  • WS 440: Senior Capstone Seminar on Gender Discrimination (required seminar for majors)
  • WS 441/442: Senior Honors Writing Seminar (undergraduate honors thesis seminar)
  • Rackham 580: Disability Rights (university-wide graduate seminar)
  • PS 614: Law and Society Proseminar (graduate seminar)
  • WS 698: Law and Politics of Identity (graduate seminar, also SOC 595, PS 688)
  • WS 698: Discrimination Law (graduate seminar, also SOC 595, PS 688)
  • LAW 840: Law and Politics of Identity (law school seminar)

  • PhD, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, University of California, Berkeley. December 2003.
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law. May 2001.
  • M.A., Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia. January 1997.
  • B.A., Philosophy, Davidson College. May 1995. Phi Beta Kappa.

Prof. Kirkland’s current research project, funded by the National Science Foundation, is an investigation into the implementation and politics of Section 1557, the non-discrimination clause of the Affordable Care Act that protects patients from discrimination in health care settings. She is an organizer of a National Science Foundation workshop, “Bridging Law and Society and Science and Technology Studies,” planned for May 2018 at Drexel University in Philadelphia with Professors Kelly Joyce (Drexel University Center for Science, Technology, and Society and Sociology) and Rose Corrigan (Drexel University Department of Politics and School of Law). She is also working on an international research handbook on law, medicine, and society with co-editor Marie-Andree Jacob from Keele University, UK (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2018).

  • Vaccine Court: The Law and Politics of Injury (New York University Press, 2016)
  • Co-editor with Jonathan Metzl, Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality (New York University Press, 2010) Translated into Japanese, German, and Turkish.
  • Fat Rights:  Dilemmas of Difference and Personhood (New York University Press, 2008)
  • Introduction and editorship of Symposium issue with David Moran and Angela Perone, “Child Abuse Evidence: Perspectives from Law, Medicine, Psychology, and Statistics,” University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 50 Issue 3 (Spring 2017): 669-794.
  • “Power and Persuasion in the Vaccine Debates: An Analysis of Political Efforts and Outcomes in the States, 1998-2012,” with Denise Lillvis (first author, Political Science and Public Health doctoral student) and Anna Frick (undergraduate honors student), Milbank Quarterly, Vol. 92, No. 3 (September 2014): 475-508.
  • “Introduction: What Is Wellness Now?,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, Vol. 39, No. 5 (October 2014): 957-970.
  • “Critical Approaches to Wellness,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, Vol. 39, No. 5 (October 2014): 971-988.
  • “Credibility Battles in the Autism Litigation,” Social Studies of Science, Vol. 42, Issue 2 (April 2012): 237–261.
  • “The Legitimacy of Vaccine Critics: What’s Left after Autism?,” Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law, Vol. 37, No. 1 (February 2012): 69-97.
  • (with Ben Hansen), “’How Do I Bring Diversity?’: Race and Class in the College Admissions Essay,” Law & Society Review, Vol. 45, No. 1 (2011): 103-138.
  • “The Environmental Account of Obesity:  A Case for Feminist Skepticism,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Winter 2011): 411-436.
  • “Revisiting Rights across Contexts:  Fat, Health, and Antidiscrimination Law,” Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Vol. 48 (Fall 2009): 121-145.
  • “Think of the Hippopotamus:  Rights Consciousness in the Fat Acceptance Movement,” Law & Society Review, Vol. 42, No. 2 (June 2008): 397-431.

  • Law and Society Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)