Clare Daniel

Senior Professor of Practice and Director of Research, Newcomb Institute, Tulane University

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Daniel's research, teaching, and student program administration focus on reproductive rights, health, and justice.

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Opinion: "Universities Must Train Students to Be Leaders in Reproductive Rights, Health and Justice," Clare Daniel (with Grace Riley), Ms., January 23, 2024.
Opinion: "Abortion As Essential Healthcare Becomes Even Clearer After Dobbs," Clare Daniel, Maurer Global Forum, February 21, 2023.
Opinion: "Feminist Pedagogy after Roe," Clare Daniel (with Karissa Haugeberg), Feminist Pedagogy for Teaching Online, May 10, 2022.
Opinion: "Anti-Abortion Advocates Aren’t Prepared for a Post-Roe Louisiana," Clare Daniel, The Advocate, May 6, 2022.
Opinion: "Reproductive Labor in Children’s Films: The Boss Baby and Storks," Clare Daniel, Media Commons, November 17, 2021.
Opinion: "Letters: Segregationist-Name Battle Not Over at a Top New Orleans School," Clare Daniel (with ErIcka A. Garnett Windon), The Advocate, November 3, 2021.
Opinion: "Letters: Bill Would Not Change Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives," Clare Daniel (with Maeve Wallace), The Advocate, May 12, 2021.
Interviewed in "How Lifting Restrictions on Midwives Could Improve Pregnancy Outcomes," (with Demetrice Smith) Apple Podcasts, May 6, 2021.
Opinion: "The Uses of Feminist Pedagogy Before, During, and After the Pandemic," Clare Daniel, Faculty Focus, May 3, 2021.
Opinion: "Letters: Amendment 1 Would Hurt Louisiana Families," Clare Daniel, The Advocate, October 14, 2020.
Quoted by Will Sentell and Mark Ballard in "From Abortion to Property Taxes, Louisiana Voters Will Decide on These 7 Amendments on Nov. 3," The Advocate, October 11, 2020.
Guest on WHIV ProFrequency, January 16, 2020.
Guest on WBOK Good Morning Show, 2020.
Interviewed in "Clare Daniel New Books Network Interview," New Books Network, June 11, 2019.
Interviewed in "Clare Daniel SHCY Podcast Interview," SHCY Podcast, April 24, 2019.
Research discussed by Letizia Guglielmo, in "Review of Mediating Morality: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era," Journal for the History of Children and Youth, April 24, 2019.
Opinion: "Stop Using Teen Pregnancy Prevention as Justification for Sex Education," Clare Daniel, The Hill, November 2, 2018.
Opinion: "Reproductive Rights in Danger on Court," Clare Daniel, The Advocate, July 4, 2018.


"Protect and Control: Coverture's Logics Across Welfare Policy and Abortion Law" (with Margaret Mary Downey, Anne McGlynn-Wright, and Karissa Haugeberg). Psychology of Women Quarterly (2023).

Provides a more comprehensive accounting of the cumulative harms experienced by women, poor people, people of color, and pregnant people in today's health and social welfare landscape.

"Building Equitable Partnerships and a Social Justice Mindset Through a Donor-Funded Reproductive Rights and Health Internship Program" (with Grace Riley). Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement 27, no. 1 (2023): 157.

Discusses the characteristics of a donor-funded internship program for undergraduate students interested in reproductive rights, health, and justice at Tulane University’s Newcomb Institute. Indicates that the program has successfully developed young leaders in a social justice movement, served underrepresented student groups, built trust with community partners, and created opportunities for multiple collaborations with those partners.

"Fabricating Babies: Reproduction As Production in Storks and the Boss Baby" (with Tessa Baldwin). Feminist Media Studies (2022).

Analyzes two mainstream children’s films, Storks (2016), and The Boss Baby (2017), both of which answer the proverbial question, “Where do babies come from?” Argues that these films bypass the gendered labor of reproduction, forwarding instead a politics of neoliberal multiculturalism in which the entrepreneurial spirit of masculinized reproductive industries appears to facilitate a post-racial utopia.

"State-Level Recommendations to Reduce Inequities in Sexually Transmitted Infections" (with Anna Mitchell Mahoney, Melissa Goldin Evans, Maeve Wallace, Katherine P. Theall, and Lisa Richardson). Women's Health Issues (2022).

Discusses sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common and costly in the United States, and people who are Black, American Indian/ Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander experience consistently higher rates of STIs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2021a; 2021b; 2019c). Elaborates furthermore, STI rates have been increasing across all racial/ethnic groups for the past several years at an alarming rate, particularly among those 15–24 years old (CDC, 2021b).

"State Abortion Policies and Maternal Death in the US, 2015–2018" (with Melissa Goldin Evans, Dovile Vilda , Maeve E Wallace, Charles Stoecker , and Katherine P Theall). American Journal of Public Health 111, no. 9 (2021): 1696-1704.

Shows how state abortion policies impact maternal death in the U.S.

"Documentary Review: Belly of the Beast" Feminist Pedagogy 2, no. 2 (2022).

Provides a crucial tool for feminist educators teaching about reproductive injustice, racism, gender-based oppression, and the power of feminist activism. Summarizes the film and offers a discussion of how it might be used as a tool of feminist pedagogy.

"Compromising Justice: Reproductive Rights Advocacy in the Time of Trump" Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 43, no. 1 (2022): 68-92.

Illustrates that arguments made for sex education in the name of preventing teen pregnancy and for long-acting, reversible contraceptives in the name of preventing abortion undermine the goal of reproductive self-determination.  Reinforces notions that have long plagued advocacy for sex education and birth control in the United States—that certain people are illegitimate reproducers and that specific reproductive options are intolerable.

"State Abortion Policies and Maternal Death in the United States, 2015‒2018" (with Dovile Vilda, Maeve E. Wallace, Melissa Goldin Evans, Charles Stoecker, and Katherine P. Theall ). American Journal of Public Health (2021).

Examines associations between state-level variation in abortion-restricting policies in 2015 and total maternal mortality (TMM), maternal mortality (MM), and late maternal mortality (LMM) from 2015 to 2018 in the United States.

"“Power to Decide” Who Should Get Pregnant: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Neoliberal Visions of Reproductive Justice" (with Jenna Vinson). Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society 8, no. 2 (2020).

Analyzes the rebrand of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, demonstrating how institutions can use social change rhetoric to depoliticize that language and reaffirm neoliberal logics. 

"Mediating Morality: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era" (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017).

Argues that teen pregnancy, specifically since the radical overhaul of welfare policy in 1996, was previously regarded as a social problem requiring public solutions but now is seen as an individual failure on the part of the teens involved.

"'Taming the Media Monster": Teen Pregnancy and the Neoliberal Safety (Inter)Net" Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 39, no. 4 (2014).

Examines the social-media-based work of the National Campaign, showing the heavily disciplinary and moralizing functions of these strategies and their role within a new construction of social welfare. Argues that these tactics form a redefined notion of the social safety net based on a vision of citizens distributing vital, attractively packaged information among themselves via a privatized cybernetwork in order to maintain social well-being through the cultivation of proper sexual and reproductive behavior.

"The Lee Marmon Photographs: Chronicles of the West" (with Claire-Lise Bénaud). Collection Building 32, no. 4 (2013): 133-138.

Documents the acquisition and processing of an important Native American pictorial archive, the Lee Marmon Pictorial Collection, and to elucidate some of its research and cultural value.

"Teen Sex, An Equal-Opportunity Menace: Multicultural Politics in 16 and Pregnant" in MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, edited by Letizia Gugliemo (Scarecrow Press, 2013), 79-92.

Examines representations of teen pregnancy in 16 and Pregnant. Argues that the show helps consolidate a shift in the dominant discourse of adolescent reproduction, from an issue primarily associated with societal "ills", such as welfare dependence and urban decay in the 1990s, to one marking the personal and moral perils of teen sexual activity in the first decades of the twenty-first century.

"Daniel on Briggs, 'Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption'" H-Ethnic (2012).

Reviews "Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption" by Laura Briggs