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Alana Bibeau



Ph.D., University of Virgina

Social Inequality, Gender and Family, Medical

Alana Bibeau received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Virginia in 2010. She teaches courses in Sociology and Gender and Women's Studies, including large-lecture introductory courses in both disciplines, and lower- and upper-division courses on Women and Health, Sex and Gender, Families in Society, Health, Illness and Medical Care, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Women's Lives, Intimate Relationships, and Feminist Theory.


Her research interests are in social inequality, families and care work, maternal pedagogy and reproduction, medical sociology, and culture. She is particularly interested in how people understand and experience the cultural tension between the rational pursuit of individual interests and the ties of commitment that bind us to others. In addition to her academic work, in 2004 Dr. Bibeau began supporting women in labor; in 2006 she completed her formal doula training at the former Seattle Midwifery School (now part of Bastyr University). She is a Certified Labor Doula (CLD) and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Rhode Island Birth Network.

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