Jenny Higgins

Position title: Bissell Professor of Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice, Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director, UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity


Phone: (608) 890-4622

3414 Sterling Hall
475 N. Charter Street

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Curriculum Vitae


Jenny Higgins is the Bissell Professor of Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where she also directs the Division of Reproductive and Population Health. Higgins leads the UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity (, an interdisciplinary research initiative that focuses on abortion, contraception, and other aspects of reproductive autonomy in Wisconsin and beyond. Several CDE faculty and trainees are involved in CORE’s research and community. While much of Higgins’s scholarship has focused on fertility, pregnancy ambivalence, sexuality, and contraceptive use, recent research focuses more squarely on the role of abortion restrictions in shaping people’s health and well-being. You can learn more at

CDE research theme area affiliations

Fertility, Families & Households; Health & the Life Course; Demography of Inequality; Biodemography; Spatial & Environmental Demography; Fertility, Health & the Life Course

Selected Publications

Visit Dr. Higgins’ Google Scholar Page for her latest publications.