Monica Casper, PhD

Classification: Emeritus

Monica Casper

Monica J. Casper, PhD, served as our Executive Director in 2003. Monica is an internationally recognized medical sociologist and biomedical ethicist who brought a wealth of experience in research and policy advocacy to her leadership of ISNA. She is author of the award-winning and groundbreaking book, The Making of the Unborn Patient: A Social Anatomy of Fetal Surgery, which examines the rise of the controversial practice of operating on unborn babies. Framing fetal surgery as a women’s health issue, she addresses profound questions about society’s compulsion to normalize its members, especially those at the beginnings of life, and to subject otherwise healthy individuals to risky medical treatment. Monica is Director of Women’s and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. She and her family live in Nashville.