Heather Paxson


Heather Paxson is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA). She is interested in how people craft a sense of themselves as moral beings in everyday, bodily practices including sex, reproduction, and eating. She has conducted ethnographic research in Athens, Greece, where she investigated the apparent paradox of a child-loving Mediterranean society in which the abortion rate is twice the national birth rate. She is the author of Making Modern Mothers: Ethics and Family Planning in Urban Greece (University of California Press, 2004) and The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America (University of California Press, 2012).