Alyssa Newman, PhD

Alyssa M. Newman is a Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Georgetown. Previously, she was a Hecht-Levi Postdoctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics (2020-2022), and the Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellow in Science and Technology Studies at Harvey Mudd College (2018-2020). Her research currently focuses on assisted reproductive technologies and on institutional solutions to racial health disparities. She has also published extensively on multiraciality, exploring the topic through a variety of research projects relating to collective identity formation; biology and genetics; the intersection of mixedness and masculinity; immigration; as well as family relationships and reproduction. Alyssa received her PhD in Sociology with a doctoral emphasis in Black Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. Her undergraduate degree is also in Sociology from the University of California Berkeley, where she minored in African American Studies and Demography. She teaches courses on sociology of health and illness and on technology and human reproduction at Georgetown.