University of Central Florida Anthropologist Joanna Mishtal Wins Book Award

Joanna Mishtal, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, was chosen as the recipient of the Adele E. Clark Book Award from the ReproNetwork, an organization of scholars who are concerned with reproductive rights and research.

Dr. Mishtal was honored for her book The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland (Ohio University Press, 2015). The book is an anthropological study of the expansion of power by the religious right in Poland and its effects on individual rights and social values. It examines the contentious nature of reproductive rights politics that emerged since the fall of state socialism in 1989.

Dr. Mishtal joined the faculty at the University of Central Florida in 2008 and was promoted to associate professor in 2014. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Mishtal did postdoctoral research for two years at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University before joining the faculty at the University of Central Florida.

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