Department of Anthropology
Academic Staff - Lisa Wynn
Associate Professor and Head of the Department
Phone: (61 2) 9850 8095
Lisa L. Wynn is an associate professor and Head of the Anthropology Department at Macquarie University in Sydney. She is a medical anthropologist who writes about reproductive health technologies, gender ideologies, affect, and sexuality. She also writes about research ethics and previously served as deputy chair of her university ethics committee. She is the author of the book Pyramids and Nightclubs (University of Texas Press, 2007) and the co-editor of Emergency Contraception: The Story of a Global Reproductive Health Technology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Abortion Pills, Test Tube Babies, and Sex Toys: Exploring Reproductive and Sexual Technologies in the Middle East and North Africa (Vanderbilt University Press, 2017). She serves on the editorial board of the journal Maternal and Child Health.
Lisa received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Princeton University in 2003. Subsequently she held postdoctoral research positions in Princeton's Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing. In Australia, her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Australian Research Council and the Office of Learning and Teaching (National Teaching Fellowship), and her teaching has been recognised with a national teaching award.
She has been a visiting research fellow at Yale University and the American University of Cairo. She has also collaborated with Ibis Reproductive Health and Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants on applied anthropology projects that make reproductive health information available to a wide international audience. With Ibis and CRHC, Lisa has been involved in the Arabic translation of the Emergency Contraception Website (http://ec.princeton.edu/Arabic) and the creation of a website with evidence-based information about medication abortion available in English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Farsi, and Turkish: www.medicationabortion.com
At Macquarie, Lisa is an award-winning teacher who runs ANTH106 Drugs Across Cultures, one of the university's most popular offerings, with over 1,500 students per year. She has won university and national teaching awards, including Macquarie University's Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (2009) and the Australia government's Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Award for Teaching Excellence (2012). She was also an OLT National Teaching Fellow (2012-2013).
Outside of work, Lisa is a volunteer wildlife rescuer and rehabilitator for Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services. You can follow her animal rescues on Instagram: @fierceaussieanimals.
- Medical anthropology
- Reproductive and sexual health technologies
- Sexuality, love and desire
- Medicine and religion, including cyberfatwas
- The language of medicine
- Gender, identity and nationalism
- Egypt, Saudi Arabia and North America
Lisa's dissertation research and first book, Pyramids and Nightclubs, examined nodes of transnational contact that shaped modern Egypt, comparing the history of Western and Arab tourism in Egypt. The tourist economy in Egypt illuminates the creative projects of cultural and identity production that occur through processes at once mimetic and oppositional in encounters with national others.
Lisa's research later turned to ways that mimetic and oppositional encounters with others play out in the realm of sexuality, gender, and medical technologies. Her research on these topics has been published in journal articles and her two co-edited books, Emergency Contraception: The Story of a Global Reproductive Health Technology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Abortion Pills, Test Tube Babies, and Sex Toys: Exploring Reproductive and Sexual Technologies in the Middle East and North Africa (Vanderbilt University Press, 2017), both with co-editor Angel Foster.
Lisa's research on different disciplines' experiences of ethics review has been supported by Macquarie University, a National Teaching Fellowship from the Australian government's Office of Learning and Teaching, and a Discovery Project grant from the Australian Research Council. Her research approach combines large-scale quantitative surveys with qualitative, in-depth, open-ended interviews to understand academics' embodied experiences of ethics review and situate these within broader national and disciplinary trends.
Wynn, L.L. Pyramids and Nightclubs: A Travel Ethnography of Arab and Western Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex Orgies, Urban Legends about a Marauding Prince, and Blonde Belly Dancers. Austin: University of Texas Press (2007) and Cairo: American University of Cairo Press (2008).
- Pyramids and Nightclubs was named the Leeds Honor Book of 2008 by the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA).
- Pyramids and Nightclubs was published in Arabic by Dar Cadmus Press in August 2009 as Siyahat al-Leil, Siyahat al-Nahar: Al-Khalijiyoun wal-Aurobiyoun fi Misr.
- Foster, Angel M. and L.L. Wynn, eds. (2012). Emergency Contraception: The Story of a Global Reproductive Health Technology. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN-13: 9780230102828.
- Wynn, L.L. and Angel M. Foster, eds. (in press, for March 2017). Abortion Pills, Test Tube Babies, and Sex Toys: Exploring Reproductive and Sexual Technologies in the Middle East and North Africa. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.
Selected Journal Articles:
- Wynn, L.L. and Saffaa Hassanein (in press). "Hymenoplasty, virginity testing, and the simulacra of female respectability." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, accepted 18 May 2016.
- Wynn, L.L. (in press). "What is wrong with ethics review, the impact on teaching anthropology, and how to fix it: results of an empirical study." The Australian Journal of Anthropology, accepted 5 February 2016.
- Wynn, L.L. ( 2016). "The Impact of Ethics Review on a Research-Led University Curriculum: Results of a Qualitative Study in Australia." Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 11(2).
- Wynn, L.L. (2016). "'Like a Virgin': Hymenoplasty and Secret Marriage in Egypt." Medical Anthropology. Accepted author version posted online: 26 Jan 2016.
- Wynn, L.L. (2014). "Ethics Review Regimes and Australian Anthropology." The Australian Journal of Anthropology 25(3): 373-375.
- Wynn, L.L., Mark Israel, Colin Thomson, Karolyn L. White and Louise Carey-White (2014). "A National Survey of Experiences with Ethics Review." The Australian Journal of Anthropology 25(3): 374-377.
- Wynn, L.L. (2013). "Honor Killing." Anthropology and Humanism 38(2): 187-200.
- Wynn, L.L. (2011). "Ethnographers' Experiences of Institutional Ethics Oversight: Results from a Quantitative and Qualitative Survey." Journal of Policy History 23(1): 94-114.
- Wynn, L.L., Angel Foster, and James Trussell (2010). "'Would You Say You Had Unprotected Sex If...?' Sexual Health Language in E-mails to a Reproductive Health Website." Culture, Health and Sexuality 12(5): 499-514.
- Wynn, L.L., Angel Foster, and James Trussell (2009). "'Can I Get Pregnant From Oral Sex?' Sexual Health Misconceptions in E-mails to a Reproductive Health Website." Contraception 79(2): 91-7.
- Wynn, L.L. (2008). "Shape Shifting Lizard-People, Israelite Slaves, and Other Theories of Pyramid-Building: Notes on Labor, Nationalism, and Archaeology in Egypt."Journal of Social Archaeology 8(2): 272-295.
- Wynn, L.L., Joanna Erdman, Angel Foster, and James Trussell (2007). "Harm Reduction or Women's Rights? Debating Access to Emergency Contraceptive Pills in Canada and the United States." Studies in Family Planning 38(4): 253-267.
- Wynn, L.L. and James Trussell (2006). "Images of American Sexuality in Debates over Nonprescription Access to Emergency Contraceptive Pills." Obstetrics and Gynecology 108(5): 1272-1276.
- Wynn, L.L. and James Trussell (2006). "The Social Life of Emergency Contraception in the United States: Disciplining Pharmaceutical Use, Disciplining Women's Sexuality, and Constructing Zygotic Bodies." Medical Anthropology Quarterly 20(3): 297-320.
- Wynn, Lisa and James Trussell (2005). "The Morning After on the Internet." Contraception 72(1): 5-13.
Selected Book Chapters:
- Wynn, L.L. (in press, for March 2017). "'Viagra Soup': Consumer Fantasies and Masculinity in Portrayals of Erectile Dysfunction Drugs in Cairo, Egypt." In Wynn and Foster, eds., Abortion Pills, Test Tube Babies, and Sex Toys: Exploring Reproductive and Sexual Technologies in the Middle East and North Africa. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, chapter 11.
- Wynn, L.L. (2015). "Writing affect, love and desire into ethnography." In Horizons of Experience: Phenomenology in Anthropology, edited by Chris Houston and Kalpana Ram. Indiana University Press.
- Wynn, L.L. (2013). "Hymenoplasty and the Relationship between Doctors and Muftis in Egypt." In Gabriele Marranci, ed., Islam in Practice. New York: Routledge, pp.34-48.
- Wynn, L.L., Hosam Moustafa, and Ahmed Ragab (2013). "Social class and sexual stigma: Local interpretations of emergency contraception in Egypt." In Andrzej Kulczycki, ed., Critical Issues in Reproductive Health. New York, Heidelberg: The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis, Vol. 33, pp.85-102.
- Wynn, L.L. (2012). "United States: A story of activism, sexual archetypes, and the politicization of science." In Angel M. Foster and L.L. Wynn, eds. Emergency Contraception: The Story of a Global Reproductive Health Technology. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN-13: 9780230102828.
- Wynn, L.L. and Angel M. Foster (2012). "The birth of a global reproductive health technology: An introduction to the journey of emergency contraception." In Angel M. Foster and L.L. Wynn, eds. Emergency Contraception: The Story of a Global Reproductive Health Technology. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN-13: 9780230102828.
- Wynn, L.L., Paul Mason, and Kristina Everett (2009). "Human Research Ethics for the Social Sciences and Humanities: Online Training Module." http://www.mq.edu.au/ethics_training/. Adapted by the University of Melbourne Dental School and the Australian Dental Association, Victoria Branch for use in training dental researchers in research ethics: http://www.evident.net.au/?TabId=157
- Foster, Angel, Lisa Wynn, Aida Rouhana, Claudia Diaz (2003). www.medicationabortion.com, a multilingual website dedicated to medication abortion methods, available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish and Farsi.
- Foster, Angel, Lisa Wynn, Aida Rouhana, James Trussell (2003). http://ec.princeton.edu/Arabic, an Arabic translation and adaptation of the emergency contraception website www.not-2-late.com.