Gretchen Sisson, PhD is a qualitative sociologist whose research focuses on social constructions of parenthood, specifically examining abortion and pregnancy decision-making, teen pregnancy and young parenthood, infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, and adoption and birth/first motherhood. She is the lead investigator for ANSIRH's Abortion Onscreen program, which examines the representation of abortion on American film and television, and the impact of such portrayals. Dr. Sisson also studies adoption within the context of the reproductive health and justice movements and is working on a book about contemporary first motherhood. She serves on the Boards of Directors for WDN Action (a sister organization of the Women Donors Network) and Emerge America. She received her BA from Amherst College and her PhD from Boston College.
May 9, 2022
Sisson G. Who are the women who relinquish infants for adoption? Domestic adoption and contemporary birth motherhood in the United States. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. May 2022; DOI: 10.1363/psrh.12193.
September 21, 2021
Sisson G, Walter N, Herold S, Brooks JJ. Prime-time abortion on Grey's Anatomy: What do US viewers learn from fictional portrayals of abortion on television?. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. September 2021; 1- 10. doi:10.1363/psrh.12183.
August 18, 2021
Sisson G. Estimating the annual domestic adoption rate and lifetime incidence of infant relinquishment in the United States. Contraception. August 2021; S0010-7824(21)00352-8. [Epub ahead of print].
December 7, 2020
Herold S, Sisson G, Renee Bracey Sherman. “I can’t believe your mixed ass wasn’t on the pill!”: race and abortion on American scripted television, 2008-2019. Feminist Media Studies. December 2020; DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2020.1856908.