Brigittine French

assistant vice president of global education and professor of anthropology at Grinnell College
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Brigittine French joined the Grinnell faculty in 2003 and is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. French is a linguistic and political anthropologist whose diverse body of teaching and research focuses on theoretical and ethnographic approaches to narrative, testimonial discourse, violence, gender, rights, and democratic state institutions in post-war nations. Her first book, Maya Ethnolinguistic Identity: Violence, Cultural Rights, and Modernity is Highland Guatemala, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2010. Her second book, Narratives of Conflict, Belonging, and the State: Discourse and Social Life in Post-War Ireland, was published by Routledge in 2018. French's work also has appeared in the Journal of Human Rights, American Anthropologist, Language in Society, and the Annual Review of Anthropology, among others. Her research has been generously supported by the United States Fulbright Program and the American Philosophical Society. She currently is working on a comparative project that deals with gendered forms of violence in Latin America and the United States as well as a project that is concerned with the circulation of genocidal language in Guatemala. French's newest book, Anthropological Lives, co-authored with Virginia Dominguez is forthcoming with Rutgers University Press.

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  • If we look around the world, women who are pregnant either by choice or because of assault or rape are often targets of men. Social stigma, financial insecurity, and chronic abuse among the exacerbating factors. Any conditions where a woman's sexuality is subject to scrutiny, they can become victims of violence.

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