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Dr Amy Renae Speier

[Dr Amy Speier]

Associate Professor
Last Updated: August 7, 2020
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Research Interests

Research Interests
Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of Tourism, Cross-border Reproductive Care, Gender and Reproductive Technologies, Globalization

Research Keywords

Research Keywords
cross-border reproductive care, mobility, surrogacy, Czech Republic

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
I teach a variety of courses, including Global Cultures, Culture and Food, Medical Anthropology, Research Methods, Anthropological Theory.

Biography

Biography

I am a medical anthropologist with expertise in ethnographic examinations of health and medical tourism. I study the reasons millions of patients cross national borders in search of assisted reproductive technologies as well as healing holidays. My theoretical and empirical interests are in how patient consumers act within a global neoliberal marketplace of health care, whereby patients assume responsibility for their health. My research highlights the branding of medical holidays, which feeds patients’ imaginations as they cross borders for various treatments. My research makes important contributions to feminist studies of reproductive technologies, the anthropology of tourism, and critical medical anthropology.

Education

Education

    • 2005 PhD in Cultural Anthropology
      University of Pittsburgh, 2005
    • 1997 BS in Anthropology
      Univ of Calif Berkeley, 1997
    • 1997 BS in English
      Univ of Calif Berkeley, 1997

Memberships

    • 1998 to Present American Anthropological Association
      Secretary of Anthropology of Tourism Group

Awards and Honors

    • Sep  2019 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Tenured Professor sponsored by College of Liberal Arts
    • Mar  2018 Research Enhancement Program Grant sponsored by UT Arlington
    • Mar  2018 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection Grant sponsored by University of British Columbia

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

This data is entered manually by the author of the profile and may duplicate data in the Sponsored Projects section.
    • Past to Present Global Cross-border Reproductive Care sponsored by  -  $0
      Amy Speier (Not Funded)
    • June 2018 to Aug 2019 Fertility Doctors from the United States Travel to China for New Patients sponsored by  -  $9452
      Amy Speier (Funded)

Publications


      2016
      • Book
        Fertility Holidays: IVF Tourism and The Reproduction of Witness
        [Speier, Amy]. New York: "New York University Press".

      In Process
      • Book Chapter
        Global Kinship: Mobility and Technology
        [Speier, Amy, Peebles, Codie]. "Demeter Press". Submitted.

      2019
      • Book Chapter
        From the Wild West to Silicon Valley: Shifting Models of Reproductive Medicine in North America
        [Speier, Amy, Arditti, David, Miller, Jennifer]. Dialetic Of Digital Culture.
      • Book Chapter
        Yoga as a Journey ; Embodied Tourist Experiences of Flexibility, Balance and Openness,
        [Speier, Amy, Palmer, Catherline , Andrews, Hazel ]. Tourism and Embodiment. New York, NY: Routledge.

      2018
      • Book Chapter
        Expansion of Czech Reproductive Medical Tourism
        [Speier, Amy, Johnson, A., Pfister, AnneE., Vindrola- Padros, Cecelia]. Health Care in Motion: (Im-) Mobility Forms in Healthcare delivery and Access. New York: "New York: Berghahn Books, Worlds in Motion Series, to Be released ".

      2015
      • Book Chapter
        Health Tourism in Czech Health Spa.
        [Speier, Amy, Naraindas, Harish, Bastos, Christiana]. Itinerant Patients, Therapeutic Locales and the Quest for Health. 55-66. New York, NY: Routledge: "New York ".

      2012
      • Book Chapter
        Reproductive Tourism: Health Care Crisis Reifies Globalized Stratified Reproduction
        [Speier, Amy, Lyon, Sarah M., Wells, Christian]. Global Tourism: Cultural Heritage and Economic Encounters. 209-226. New York: "New York: Alta Mira Press".

      2018
      • Book Review
        The Politics of Morality: The Church, the State and Repoductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland
        [Speier, Amy, Mishtal, Joanna]. Anthropology of East Europe Review. 2015, 272. "Ohio University Press".

      2015
      • Book Review
        Acheiving Procreaction: Childlessness and IVF in Turkey.
        [Speier, Amy, Demircioglu, Merve ]. Medical Antropology Quarterly. 214, 408. New York: " Duke University Press". DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/maq.12355

      In Process
      • Journal Article
        Introduction to Special Issue
        [Frohlick, Susan, Lozanski, Kristin, Speier, Amy]. Submitted.
      • Journal Article
        North American surrogate cultural, economic, and geographic mobility incited by cross-border reproductive care
        [Speier, Amy]. Submitted.
      • Journal Article
        Reproductive Mobilities: Reflections and Directions
        [Frohlick, Susan, Lozanski, Kristin, Speier, Amy]. Anthropology News. Submitted.

      2019
      • Journal Article
        Ideas in Motion: Mobilities Meet Reproductive Vibes
        [Frohlick, Susan , Lozanski, Kristin, Speier, Amy, Sheller, Mimi]. Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies. "Berhahn".

      2018
      • Journal Article
        Our Children in The World: How Czech Clinics and Egg donors Frame Egg Donation for Foreign Recipeients
        [Speier, Amy, Tober, Diane , Konvalinka, Nancy]. Journal of Family Issues, abstract.

      2017
      • Journal Article
        Is Information Power
        [Speier, Amy]. Comparing Anonymous and Open Egg Donation Special Research Online Forthcoming.

      2015
      • Journal Article
        Czech Host Creating A Real home away from home for North Amenricn Repoductive Tourists
        [Speier, Amy]. Anthropologica. 57(1), 27-39.
      • Journal Article
        Introduction: Kinship Travel: Relatedness through International Tourism and Travel Networks
        [Speier, Amy, Cohen, Frayda, Frohlick, Susan]. Anthropologica. 57(1), 13-18.

      2014
      • Journal Article
        Introduction : Health and Medicine: Post-Socialist Perspectives
        [Speier, Amy, Stoleckova, Tereza, Wiercinski50, Hubert]. Czech Sociological Review. 50(6), 815-820.

      2011
      • Journal Article
        Health Tourism in a Czech Health Spa Anthropology and Mediciene
        [Speier, Amy]. 18(1), 125-136.

      2010
      • Journal Article
        Cycling Overseas: Care commadation and stratification in cross-border reproductive care. Medical Anthropological
        [Speier, Amy]. Cross-cultural Studies in Health and Illness. 29(4), 363-383.

      2008
      • Journal Article
        Czech Balneotherapy: Boarder Medicene and Health Tourism
        [Speier, Amy]. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. 17, 145-159.

      2019
      • Reference Work
        Reproductive Technologies
        Oxford Bibliographies
        [Speier, Amy , Zamaripta, Caridad]. "Oxford Bibliographies".

Presentations

    • November  2019
      Speier, Amy, "From the Wild West to Silicon Valley: Shifting Models of Reproductive Medicine in North America", San Francisco. (November , 2019).
    • April  2019
      Speier, Amy, "Fertility Holidays: Global Journeys of Family Formation", Luther College. (April , 2019).
    • March  2019
      Speier, Amy, "North American surrogate cultural, economic, and geographic mobility incited by cross-border reproductive care", Portland, Oregon. (March , 2019).
    • November  2018
      Speier, Amy, "Discussant for panel: Reproductive Labor in Post Soviet Contexts", San Jose California. (November 01, 2018).
    • November  2018
      Speier, Amy, "Race and Conceptions of Surrogacy for Chinese Intended Parents travleing to the United States", San Jose California. (November 01, 2018).
    • August  2018
      Speier, Amy, "North American Surrogate Cultural, Economic and Geographic Mobility Incited by Cross-border Reproductive Care.", Kelowna, Canada. (August 01, 2018).
    • November  2017
      Speier, Amy, "Participant of ROUNDTABLE : Publishing Your First Book.", Chicago, Illinois. (November 01, 2017).
    • May  2017
      Speier, Amy, "Information Sources for the Study of International Surrogacy", Austin, TX.. (May 01, 2017).
    • April  2017
      Speier, Amy, "Assessing Service _Learning as Pedagogical Tool in Medical Anthropology..", Santa Fe, New Mexico. (April 01, 2017).
    • January  2017
      Speier, Amy, "Discussant for panel: Matters and Meanings of Own Child: Rewriting Kinship through Assisted Reproductive Technologies", Washington D.C.. (January 01, 2017).
    • November  2016
      Speier, Amy, "Assessiing Service-Learning as Pedagogical Tool in Medical Anthrology. ", Minneapolis, Minnesota. (November 01, 2016).
    • November  2016
      Speier, Amy, "It's the most intimate thing on the planet: Ethnographic, Legal and Bodily Itimaces of Global Reproductive Travel", Minneapolis, Minnesota. (November 01, 2016).
    • April  2016
      Speier, Amy, "The Intersection of Global Reproductive Care Czech Policies of Maternity Leave", Vancouver, Canada. (April 01, 2016).
    • April  2016
      Speier, Amy, "Virtural and Reproductive Technologies: Making Egg Doniation Visible.", Roanoke, Virginia. (April 01, 2016).
    • December  2014
      Speier, Amy, "Medical Tourism Brokers Promise Patient Consumers a Holiday", Washington D.C.. (December 01, 2014).
    • December  2014
      Speier, Amy, "Our Children in The World; Czech Gamete Donation on Global Scale", Washington D.C.. (December 01, 2014).
    • November  2014
      Speier, Amy, "Intimate Labor of IVF Clinics Abroad. ", Putero, Rico. (November 01, 2014).
    • November  2014
      Speier, Amy, "Quest for Parenthood ; Fertility Holidays to The Cezech Republic.", Albuquerque, New Mexico. (November 01, 2014).
    • June  2014
      Speier, Amy, "Virtual Communites, Patient Activism, and Increased Patient Responbility.", Tarragona , Spain. (June 01, 2014).
    • November  2012
      Speier, Amy, "Coordinating Patient Bodies Confronting the Global in a Czech CLINIC.", San Francisco, Califorina. (November 01, 2012).
    • November  2011
      Speier, Amy, "Czech Hosts Create a Real Home ", Montreal Canada. (November 01, 2011).
    • June  2011
      Speier, Amy, "Reproductive Tourist in The Czech Republic: IVF Profits.", Prague, Czech Republic . (June 01, 2011).
    • December  2010
      Speier, Amy, "Meskworks: North American Patients Self Navigate their Journeys of Infertility", Cambridge, United Kingdom. (December 01, 2010).
    • November  2010
      Speier, Amy, "Reproductive Travel, Tourism, or Exile? Americans in a Czech Fertility Clinic", New Orleans, Louisana. (November 01, 2010).
    • March  2010
      Speier, Amy, "Reproductive Tourism; Health Care Crisis Reifies Globally Stratified Repduction.", Ybor City, Florida. (March 01, 2010).
    • September  2009
      Speier, Amy, "Medical Tourism in a Czech Health Spa .", Yale University. (September 01, 2009).

Students Supervised

    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Member
      Betty Tonui, (Social Work)
      EXPLORING THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF RWANDAN REFUGEES RESETTLED IN DALLAS FORT WORTH: A DESCRIPTIVE PHENOMENOLOGY STUDY
    • May 2019
      Graduate Supervised Research
      December Maxwell, (Social Work)
      Methodology
    • May 2019
      Graduate Supervised Research
      Sarah Robinson, (Social Work)
      Analysis of Foucault

Courses

      • ANTH 3300-001 DEBATES IN CULTURAL ANTHRO
        (Course Id: 106001)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • ANTH 3332-001 FOOD AND CULTURE
        (Course Id: 112267)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • ANTH 2322-004 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ANTH 2322-002 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Summer - Five Week - First - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ANTH 3346-001 ANTHRO OF TOURISM
        (Course Id: 112137)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ANTH 4391-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107024)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • ANTH 3341-001 CULT RES METH
        (Course Id: 106989)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020 Download Syllabus
      • ANTH 3332-001 FOOD AND CULTURE
        (Course Id: 112267)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • ANTH 2322-001 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • ANTH 2322-003 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • ANTH 2322-001 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Summer - Five Week - Second - 2019
      • ANTH 5392-015 CONF COURSE IN ANTHROPOLOGY
        (Course Id: 107059)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ANTH 3300-001 DEBATES IN CULTURAL ANTHRO
        (Course Id: 106001)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ANTH 5398-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 107060)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • ANTH 4191-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107005)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ANTH 3332-001 FOOD AND CULTURE
        (Course Id: 112267)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ANTH 2322-002 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ANTH 2322-003 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ANTH 2322-002 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Summer - Five Week - First - 2018
      • ANTH 3341-001 CULT RES METH
        (Course Id: 106989)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ANTH 2322-005 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • ANTH 4191-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107005)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ANTH 3332-001 FOOD AND CULTURE
        (Course Id: 112267)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ANTH 3369-001 MEDICAL ANTH
        (Course Id: 106999)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ANTH 3346-001 ANTHRO OF TOURISM
        (Course Id: 112137)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ANTH 3341-001 CULT RES METH
        (Course Id: 106989)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • ANTH 4391-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 107024)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ANTH 3332-001 FOOD AND CULTURE
        (Course Id: 112267)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ANTH 2322-001 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ANTH 3369-001 MEDICAL ANTH
        (Course Id: 106999)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • ANTH 3341-001 CULT RES METH
        (Course Id: 106989)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ANTH 2322-001 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ANTH 2322-002 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ANTH 3346-001 ANTHRO OF TOURISM
        (Course Id: 112137)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ANTH 3341-001 CULT RES METH
        (Course Id: 106989)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ANTH 4394-015 HONORS THESIS / SENIOR PROJECT
        (Course Id: 107026)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • ANTH 2322-001 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • ANTH 2322-002 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • ANTH 3369-001 MEDICAL ANTH
        (Course Id: 106999)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • ANTH 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 107063)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • ANTH 3366-001 SEX, GENDER, & CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106998)
        Summer - Five Week - First - 2014
      • WOMS 3366-001 SEX, GENDER, & CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106998)
        Summer - Five Week - First - 2014
      • ANTH 3346-001 ANTHRO OF TOURISM
        (Course Id: 112137)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • ANTH 3341-001 CULT RES METH
        (Course Id: 106989)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • ANTH 5398-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 107060)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • ANTH 3300-001 ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY
        (Course Id: 106001)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • ANTH 5392-015 CONF COURSE IN ANTHROPOLOGY
        (Course Id: 107059)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • ANTH 2322-001 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • ANTH 2322-002 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • ANTH 5392-015 CONF COURSE IN ANTHROPOLOGY
        (Course Id: 107059)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • ANTH 2322-001 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • ANTH 4342-003 TOPIC CULTURAL
        (Topic: Anthropology of Tourism | Course Id: 107020)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • ANTH 2322-001 GLOBAL CULTURE
        (Course Id: 106963)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • ANTH 3369-001 MEDICAL ANTH
        (Course Id: 106999)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012

Service to the University

    • Sept 2019 to  Present Committee Member
      Academic Standards Committee
    • Sept 2018 to  Present Faculty Advisor
      Lambda Alpha
    • 2016 to  Present Program Coordinator
      University Enhancement Program
    • 2012 to  Present Committee Member
      Curriculum Committee
    • Sept 2018 to  Apr 2019 Chairperson
      Termini Lecture

Service to the Community

Service to the Community

    • Feb 2019 to  Present
      Volunteer
      Meals on Wheels
    • Sept 2019 to  Oct 2019
      Volunteer
      Presbyterian Night Shelter
    • Sept 2017 to  May 2019
      Workshop Organizer
      Academy 4