Daniel's research focuses on the relationships between reproductive politics and social inequality. She is interested in the connections between political discourse, popular media, and advocacy work related to adolescent pregnancy and sexual health education, and how these influence distributions of resources and wealth. At Tulane's Newcomb College Institute, Daniel conducts research, teaches, and coordinates programming around reproductive politics in Louisiana.
In the News
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.
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.
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.
Reviews "Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption" by Laura Briggs
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.