Linda Layne

Ph.D., Princeton University
Hale Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Professor of Anthropology, Rensselaer
Curriculum Vitae

About Linda Layne

Linda Layne is the Hale Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor of Anthropology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Her first book was on tribal and national identities in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In her second book, Motherhood Lost: A Feminist Account of Pregnancy loss in America, Layne uses the lens of anthropology to explain why American women are so ill-prepared for miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death and why the feminist movement has not fully embraced this important women’s health issue. She further developed a women’s health approach to childbearing loss through an 11-part, award-winning television series, “Motherhood Lost: Conversations” produced by George Mason University Television. She has edited two books on motherhood and consumption and her new co-edited collection, Feminist Technology, is published by University of Illinois Press in spring 2010.


New reproductive technologies, motherhood, environment and health, consumer culture, feminist technology and design, the advancement of women in academe, Single Mothers by Choice, corporal punishment, gender, disability and sports.

Feminist Technology