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Sociology Research


Dr Julieta Chaparro-Buitrago's scholarly work interrogates how present-day colonial conditions influence the reproductive lives of peasant and indigenous women. This includes examining the impacts of aggressive population control programs and chemical exposure. She argues that these groups' reproductive experiences are not merely individual decisions but are deeply embedded in historical structures dating back to the colonial period. Her research suggests that the distinct worldviews and lived experiences of peasant societies can challenge prevailing assumptions about reproduction, paving the way for decolonial theoretical approaches.

Her forthcoming book, "Decolonizing Reproductive Rights in Latin America: The Cases of Forced Sterilization in Peru," marks the first comprehensive ethnography of Peru's sterilization cases. It offers new insights into reproduction, Latin American studies, and feminist decolonial studies. By examining peasant women’s narratives, urban feminist activism, and state institutions’ bureaucratic responses, she uncovers a discourse hierarchy that prioritizes repronormative views—where motherhood is seen as a woman's destiny—over other forms of reproductive harm experienced by peasant women. She proposes dissonance as a decolonial feminist methodology to analyze how colonial, racialized, and gendered histories shape legal and experiential incommensurability and the hierarchies of discourse.

Currently, as a Wellcome Trust Early Career Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Dr Chaparro-Buitrago is delving into the intersections of reproduction and extractive industries in Cajamarca, Peru. This project extends the concept of reproduction beyond the human-centric and biological focus, incorporating the reproductive processes of animals and land. Amidst the climate crisis, understanding the connections between reproduction and broader socio-economic and environmental challenges becomes crucial. Her work aims to establish "Reproductive Extractivism" as a framework for exploring these intricate relations and highlighting reproduction's potential as a lens for analyzing extractivism and its effects.

Research Interests

Reproductive Justice, Decolonial Feminisms, Reproductive Violence, Feminist Ethnography, Extractivism, Latin America, Peru, Colombia.


Lecturer, Sociology, University of Cambridge (UK) 2020-2022

  • Sociology of Gender                           
  • Feminist Research Practice, Cambridge Research Methods 


Journal Articles

Chaparro-Buitrago, Julieta. 2024. Sterilizing Body-Territories: Understanding Contemporary Cases of Forced Sterilization in the United States and China. Feminist Anthropology. (open access)

Chaparro-Buitrago, Julieta & Cordelia Freeman. 2023. Reproductive Justice and the Figure of the Child: The Multiple Harms of Forced Sterilization and Abortion in Peru. Feminist Anthropology. (open access)

Dow, Katherine & Julieta Chaparro-Buitrago. 2023. Toward Environmental Reproductive Justice. Van Hollen, Cecilia, and Nayantara Sheoran Appleton (eds). Companion to the Anthropology of Reproductive Medicine and Technology. Wiley Blackwell (Invited Chapter) 

Chaparro- Buitrago, Julieta. 2022. Debilitated Lifeworlds: Women’s Narratives of Forced Sterilization and the Limits of Reproductive Rights. Medical Anthropology Quarterly (open access)

Chaparro-Buitrago, Julieta. 2019. “Masters of their own Destiny: Women’s Rights and Forced Sterilization in Peru” Roy, M & Thompson, M (eds) The Politics of Reproduction: Adoption, Abortion, and Surrogacy in the Age of Neoliberalism. Ohio State University Press (open access) 


Book Review
Chaparro-Buitrago, Julieta. 2023. Legacies of War: Violence, Ecologies, and Kin. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 29(4), 27-28


Book Manuscript
Decolonizing Reproductive Rights and the Cases of Forced Sterilization in Peru (Under contract with Bristol University Press, Decolonization and Social Worlds series). 


Other Online Writing
Chaparro, Julieta. “Demanding Redress: Integral Reparations for Survivors of Forced Sterilization in Peru”, 2021

Chaparro, Julieta “Forced Sterilization and Disability Among Peruvian Women”, 2019


Expert Witness Report
Esterilizaciones Forzadas en el Perú durante el Segundo Gobierno de Alberto Fujimori (1995-2000), 2020

Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women- CEDAW


Wellcome Trust early career award 2022


Oriol Pi-Sunyer Dissertation Prize 2021
- Outstanding Dissertation in the Department of Anthropology
- UMASS Amherst


Armelagos-Swedlund Graduate Research Award 2018
- For outstanding research in medical, biocultural, and/or biological anthropology


Richard B. Woodbury Award, University of Massachusetts- Amherst 2015


Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam with distinction 2015


Pre-Dissertation Research Award, Anthropology Department Umass-Amherst 2013

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Wellcome Trust Early Career Fellow
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