BiographyBayla Ostrach, MA, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice in the Family Medicine Department at Boston University School of Medicine, and Affiliated Faculty at Boston University’s Department of Anthropology. A Full Fellow of the Society of Family Planning, her research explores reproductive justice, publicly funded health systems, syndemics, and the role of social and mutual support in people’s ability to overcome obstacles. She began working directly in the field of reproductive health and abortion care in 1999, and has since worked with and volunteered at multiple clinics in Oregon, Connecticut, and Catalunya. Dr. Ostrach’s ongoing fieldwork occurs in Catalunya -- focused on publicly funded reproductive health care and community-based solidarity movements focused on inclusivity, and with abortion and other reproductive health care providers in the United States.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Access to and experiences with reproductive/sexual health care; syndemics; evolutionary/physiologic birth & breastfeeding; health inequality; stigma & health outcomes; social & community support as protective factors; Castellers, migrant inclusion, and Catalan independentism