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Holly Donahue Singh

Holly Donahue Singh

Holly Donahue Singh


Office: SOC
Phone: 813/974-



Dr. Singh is a full-time faculty member in USF’s Honors College, teaching primarily Social/Behavioral Science courses. An alumna of Kenyon College, she received her A.B. in Religious Studies with a concentration in Asian Studies before attending the University of Virginia, where she earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology, specializing in cultural and medical anthropology. Long-term ethnographic research in northern India grounds Dr. Singh's scholarly work, which emphasizes women's situated perspectives on reproduction, kinship, and health. Dr. Singh regularly draws on global and applied perspectives on health, healing, and culture.

Recent Journal Articles

2017. "Fertility Control: Reproductive Desires, Kin Work, and Women's Status in Contemporary India," Medical Anthropology Quarterly 31(1): 23-39 DOI:10.1111/maq.12312.

2016. "Patriarchy, Privilege, and Power: Intimacies and Bargains in Ethnographic Production," Anthropology & Humanism 41(1): 8-27. DOI:10.1111/anhu.12104

2014. "The World's Back Womb?: Commercial Surrogacy and Infertility Inequalities in India," American Anthropologist 116(4):824-828. DOI:10.1111/aman.12146.


Under contract. Infertility in a Crowded Country: Hiding Reproduction in India (Indiana University Press).


2018. "Surrogacy and Gendered Contexts of Infertility Management in India." In International Handbook of Gender and Demographic Processes, Nancy E. Riley and Jan Brunson, eds.

2017. Foreword to How May I Help You?: An Immigrant's Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage by Deepak Singh, University of California Press.

2015. "Infertility in Women's Lives: Ethnographic Perspectives on Reproductive Labor in India." In Public Health and Development in India, ed. S.B. Nimse and M.K. Agarwal. New Delhi: Northern Book Centre, ch. 17.