Dr Gala Rexer
Research Fellowship: The Articulation of Racism and Racialisation with Gender Relations
Sarah Parker Remond Centre, Institute of Advanced Studies
March 2022 - February 2023
Gala Rexer is a sociologist conducting research at the intersection of race, gender, and the body. Broadly, her writing identifies how racial capitalism and settler colonialism affect birthing people’s reproductive health and rights. She uses qualitative research to advance reproductive and environmental justice in a moment of climate emergency, neo-Malthusian population control, and border closures. To examine these questions, she has done extensive ethnographic research with Palestinian women undergoing fertility treatment in Israeli hospitals.
Stemming from this research, she is currently working on her first book project on reproductive justice in Israel/Palestine, focusing on the multiscalar borders that impede Palestinian women’s reproductive movements and outcomes. She also works on a second project which explores how waste and pollution affect marginalized people’s reproductive practices and outcomes, both biologically and socially.
Gala received her PhD in Sociology from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2021, where she was a Heinrich Böll doctoral fellow. She was the academic curator of “<Interrupted =“Cyfem and Queer>“, a three-part interdisciplinary symposium on technology, gender, and sexuality, and research associate of a research project on Body Politics in Israel/Palestine, Germany, and Turkey. Her writing has appeared in Ethnic & Racial Studies and Comparative Sociology.