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Changing (In)Fertilities



is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, University of Haifa, as well as the chair of the graduate program in medical and psychological anthropology. She is an ethnographer of reproduction, reproductive medicine and biotechnology. Her work has included research on prenatal diagnosis within cultures of pregnancy and prenatal care in Japan and Israel, assisted reproduction among deeply religious Jewish communities in Israel (research supported by an ISF Grant), and recently genomic testing, pregnancy and parenting following the March 11, 2011 disasters in Eastern Japan (supported by an ISF grant). Most recently she has received a Japan Foundation fellowship to support research on the long term impacts of earthquakes on cultures of childbirth in Japan. Within these projects she seeks to understand how kinship ties, spiritual commitments, bodily experiences and moral orders are negotiated at the intersections of biotechnology and cultural politics, how biomedical authorities are produced challenged and transformed, and how these transformations affect nature and culture. She is the author of Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel (Rutgers University Press, 2010). She received her PhD (summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University.


Key publications: 

Ivry, Tsipy. Embodying culture: pregnancy in Japan and Israel. Rutgers University Press, 2010.

Ivry Tsipy, Takaki Rika, Murotsuki Jun, (2019) “What disasters can reveal about techno-medical birth: Japanese women’s stories of childbirth during the 11 March, 2011 earthquake”. Health Risk and Society

Ivry Tsipy and Teman Elly, (2019) “Shouldering moral responsibility: The divisions of moral labor among pregnant women, rabbis, and doctors.”  American Anthropologist

Ivry, Tsipy, and Elly Teman. "Pregnant Metaphors and Surrogate Meanings: Bringing the Ethnography of Pregnancy and Surrogacy into Conversation in Israel and Beyond." Medical anthropology quarterly 32.2 (2018): 254-271.

Ivry, Tsipy (2016) Reproduction in the Aftermath of the Fukushima Disaster: Risky Environments, Genomic Technologies, and Maternal Responsibilities” Midterm report of research conducted between July 2014 – June 2016, submitted to the ISF.

Ivry, Tsipy. "The pregnancy manifesto: notes on how to extract reproduction from the petri dish." Medical anthropology 34.3 (2015): 274-289.

Ivry, Tsipy. "The Predicaments of Koshering Prenatal Diagnosis and the Rise of a New Rabbinic Leadership." Ethnologie française 45.2 (2015): 281-292.

 Ivry, Tsipy (2013). “Halachic Infertility: Rabbis, Doctors, and the Struggle over Professional Boundaries” 34 pages. Medical Anthropology

Ivry, Tsipy, Teman Elly and Frumkin Ayala (2011) “God-Sent Ordeals and their Discontents: Haredi Ultra-orthodox Jewish Women Negotiate Prenatal Testing” Social Science and Medicine 72: 1527-1533.

Teman Elly, Ivry Tsipy, Barbara A. Bernhardt (2011) “Pregnancy as a Proclamation of Faith: Orthodox Jewish Women Navigating the Uncertainty of Pregnancy and Prenatal Diagnosis” American Journal of Medical Genetics part A 155: 69-80.

Ivry, Tsipy (2010) “Kosher Medicine and Medicalized Halacha; An Exploration of Triadic Relations Among Israeli Rabbis, Doctors and infertility Patients.” American Ethnologist, Vol. 37, No.4 pp 662-680.

Ivry, Tsipy (2009) “The ultrasonic picture show and the politics of threatened life” Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Vol. 23 No. 3. 

Ivry Tsipy and Elly Teman, (2008) “Expectant Israeli Fathers and the Medicalized Pregnancy: Ambivalent Compliance and Critical Pragmatism” Culture Medicine and Psychiatry, Vol. 32 No.3 pp. 358-85.

Ivry, Tsipy ,(2007) “Embodied Responsibilities: Pregnancy in the eyes of Japanese Ob-gyns” Sociology of Health and Illness Vol. 29 No.2 pp.251-274. Won the “new writer’s prize” of Sociology of Health and Illness

Ivry, Tsipy. (2006) “At the Back Stage of Prenatal Care: Japanese Ob-gynsNegotiating Prenatal Diagnosis” Medical Anthropology Quarterly Vol. 20 No. 4 pp. 441-468.


Book Reviews

Ivry, Tsipy (2015). Haunting Images: A Cultural Account of Selective Reproduction in Vietnam. Tine M. Gammeltoft, Berkeley: California University Press, 2014, 315 pp.‏

Ivry, Tsipy (2011) Book Review of Ekaterina Hertog’s 2009 Tough Choices: Bearing an Illegitimate Child in Japan. Stanford University Press: Stanford Japanese Studies 37:2 473-477

Department of Anthropology, University of Haifa
 Tsipy  Ivry
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