Michele Goodwin

Chancellor's Professor, Award-Winning Author, Advocate, Lecturer, and Social Commentator

Michele Goodwin holds the Chancellor’s Professorship at the University of California, Irvine with appointments at the School of Law, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, School of Public Health, and Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the founder and director the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and its Reproductive Justice Initiative. Professor Goodwin has published with Forbes,, the L.A. Times, Chicago Sun Times, Houston Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and the NY Times among others. She is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including the much anticipated, Policing The Womb, which chronicles how women’s reproduction has become the political scapegoat in Congress and legislatures across the U.S., resulting in the rise of personhood measures, practices that force women to undergo cesarean births under threat of court order, abuse of prosecutorial discretion that results in the criminalization and punishment of pregnant women for falling down steps, refusing bed rest or attempting suicide, and policies that dramatically erode reproductive liberty. Michele frequently lectures world-wide on issues involving human rights, reproductive justice, bioethics, and health law. She served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University Law School.