Dr Lea Taragin-Zeller


Research Fellow
Woolf Institute and ReproSoc (Reproductive Sociology Research Group), University of Cambridge


Lea Taragin-Zeller is a social anthropologist. Situated at the intersection of the anthropology of religion, gender and bio-medicine, Lea’s research explores how ‘secular’ and scientific knowledge is negotiated among ethnic and faith minorities, influencing their decisions and raising new ethical dilemmas. More specifically, her research explores how religious minorities in both Israel (especially ultra-Orthodox Jews) and the UK (Jews and Muslims) integrate and reconcile frameworks of gender equality and science knowledge alongside faith, religious theology and authority. From contraception to abortions to genetic testing, she examines everyday decision-making vis-à-vis state-minority relations and transnational gender power dynamics. Lea is currently working on a new research project on Religion, Public Health and COVID-19 (together with Dr. Ben Kasstan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem). She is also a member of the interdisciplinary research group :”“Communicating Science among the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox in Israel: Journalistic Praxis and Audience Reception in Insular Communities” (together with Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Technion;  Yael Rosenblum, Technion; Prof. Oren Golan and Prof. Yariv Tsfati, University of Haifa, funded by Israel’s Ministry of Science and Technology). She has published in Medical Anthropology, Anthropology and Education Quarterly and serves as a section editor in Cambridge's journal of Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online.


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