University of California, Riverside

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Chikako Takeshita

Chikako Takeshita

Associate Professor

Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
2013 INTN
(951) 827-1533

Research Areas

  • feminist studies of science, technology, & medicine; reproductive health, rights, & politics; and sustainable futures


  • Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Polutechnic Institute and State University, 2004
  • MS, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2000
  • MBA, Institute European d'Administration, 1993
  • BA, Human Science, Keio University, 1986


Chikako Takeshita joined the Women's Studies Department in 2004. Her first book The Global Biopolitics of the IUD: How Scince Constructs Contraceptive Users and Women's Bodies (MIT Press, 2012) traces the development of the intrauterine device from the 1960s to the present. Her work demonstrates that various social interests, including the desire to restrict global population growth, the threat of medical malpractice litigations, anti-abortion politics, and women's aspiration for better reproductive control have all played a significant role in directing scientific research on the device. Her current research project Surgical Birth examines cesarean section as a controversial technology that has been the focus of debate in obstetrics, public health, and women's health advocacy as well as among mothers who are subjected to the procedure. She is also investigating the discourses of sustainable futures that are formulated in the scientific community and the general public.


  • American Fellowship Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant, American Association of University Women (AAUW), 2010-2011
  • ABD Fellowship, Women's Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003-2004
  • Rockefeller Archive Center, Grant-in-Aid, 2003
  • Globalizing Interdisciplinary Research Incentive Grant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2000


  • Forthcoming "Babies are Born Everywhere: Representations of Childbirth in Call the Midwives"
  • 2014 "Eco-diapers: The American Discourse of Sustainable Motherhood." In Melinda Vandenbeld Giles (ed.) Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism (Toronto: Demeter Press)
  • 2012 The Global Biopolitics of the IUD: How Science Constructs Contraceptive Users and Women's Bodies. (MIT Press)
  • 2011 “Nouveaux discours sur le partage des bénéfices et résistances des peuples indigènes” (The New Discourses of Benefit Sharing and Indigenous Peoples' Resistances) in Julie Duchatel and Laurent Gaberell (ed.) La propriété intellectuelle contre la biodiversité ? Géopolitique de la diversité biologique. (Geneva: CETIM). 
  • 2011 "Clicking in a Women's Studies Classroom: New Instructional Technologies and Feminist Pedagogies" co-authored with Jennifer Keys and Christine Gailey, in Carolyn Blitzer, Sharon Collingwood, Alvinia Quintana, and Caroline Smith (eds.) Feminist Cyberspaces: Pedagogies in Transition (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing), pp. 117-136.
  • 2010 “The IUD in Me: On Embodying Feminist Science Studies,” Science as Culture, 19(1), 37-60
  • 2004 "Contraceptive Technology and Reproductive Rights: The IUD at Historical and Geographical Junctures" in Advances in Gender Research, vol. 8, 251-284.
  • 2001 "Bioprospecting and Its Discontents: Indigenous Resistances as Legitimate Politics" in Alternatives, 26, 259-282.
  • 2000 "Bioprospecting and Indigenous Peoples' Resistances" in Peace Review, 12(4), 555-562.

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