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 with her book forthcoming in 2024. 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.
August 7, 2023
Herold S, Sisson G. ‘I could see myself doing something like that’: US women’s engagement with characters who experience abortion, adoption and surrogacy on Little Fires Everywhere. Culture Health & Sexuality. August 2023; https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2023.2242436.
April 27, 2023
Herold S, Sisson G. “You can’t tell this story without abortion”: television creators on narrative intention and development of abortion stories on their shows. Communication, Culture and Critique. April 2023; https://doi.org/10.1093/ccc/tcad016.
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.