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Alicia Bonaparte, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology

Alicia Bonaparte

    With Pitzer Since: 2008
    Field Group: Sociology
    Campus Address: Scott Hall 228
    Phone: 909.607.8876
    Campus email:

    MA, PhD, Vanderbilt University
    BA, Spelman College

Research Interests:

African American sociology; medical sociology; hierarchical system within healthcare for sociological classes; reproductive health disparities, birthing and midwifery; Granny midwifery; teenage pregnancy and infant mortality; public policy in healthcare; immigrant healthcare; consumer health experiences; healthcare professionals and consumer relationships; female juvenile delinquency; gender in American society

Recent Courses:

Sociology and Its View of the World (SOC1)
African American Social Theory (SOC109)
Sociology of Health and Medicine (SOC122)
Men and Women in American Society (SOC157)
Internship: Sociology of Health and Medicine (SOC170)

Selected Publications and Manuscripts:

“Male Claims of Authoritative Knowledge: Physicians’ Discourse for Regulation of Granny Midwives in South Carolina” (in progress).

“Reproductive Health Matters: Maternal Health Disparities and the Sociological Perspective” (in progress). With Christine Morton.

Labors of Birthing Work: The Persecution and Prosecution of Granny Midwives in South Carolina, 1900-1940 (book manuscript).

Interviewed in “Is It True that White Youth Violence is Premeditated and Black Youth Violence is Random?”, November 16, 2010.

“My Neighborhood Makes Me Sick,” Urban Profile, August 4, 2010.

“Truth vs. Lies of Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Intimacy,” Urban Profile, June 8, 2010.

“Interested in Being a Doctor? You are WANTED…” Urban Profile, May 23, 2010.

Reviewed War on the Family: Mothers in Prison and the Families They Leave Behind by Renny Golden, in Feminist Teacher, vol. 17, no.3 (2007).

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:

“Reproductive Health Matters: Maternal Health Disparities and the Sociological Perspective,” paper presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, Seattle, WA, March 11, 2011. With Christine Morton.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors:

Nicholas R. Doman Fellowship in the Social Sciences, 2009.

Mellon Junior Faculty research award “Antenatal Clinics and Midwives: Cross-cultural Exploration of Midwifery in Barbados”

Additional Information:

Curriculum Vitae