Profile: Maria Fannin

Dr. Maria Fannin, Lecturer in Geographies of Political Economy, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK. Maria’s research interests include the politics of reproduction in the United States, Canada, and France, the links between health, health care and citizenship, and the regulation of health care professions in the European Union.

Maria Fannin earned her BA in Geography from the University of Kentucky, and her MA and PhD in Geography from the University of Washington, Seattle. In 2006, she joined the faculty at Bristol. She has conducted research on the socio-spatial transformations of maternity wards in the United States since the 1970s and on the legalization of midwifery in Canada in the 1990s.

Maria is currently conducting research in two areas. The first focuses on the regulatory frameworks governing employment of EU and non-EU nationals in the public health sector in France and in particular the effects of nationality restrictions on public health sector work. The second research project analyzes the speculative investment in stem cell research and regenerative medicine and the expansion of markets for biological materials, specifically the development of markets for reproductive tissues. These research interests inform her teaching on social geography, gender theory in geography, and health and health care governance. Her work has been published in Antipode, ACME: an International e-journal for Critical Geographies, and BioSocieties.

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Updated: January 2008