Dr. Sophie Lewis is an Anglo-German, Philadelphia-based scholar, writer, theorist, translator and the author of Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family (Verso, 2019). Her work focuses on eugenic, bioconservative and imperial feminism, queer and trans social reproduction, Black feminist family abolitionism, hydrofeminism, postgenomics, and Marxist-feminist accounts of care. A graduate of the University of Oxford (BA English Literature; MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Policy) and the New School for Social Research (MA Politics), she earned her PhD (2016) in human geography at the University of Manchester. The thesis was situated within the antiwork communist tradition as well as historical materialist geographies concerned with the production of nature, supervised by Professors Noel Castree and Erik Swyngedouw and examined by Professors Maria Kaika and Cindi Katz. It was entitled ‘Cyborg Labor’ and examined the semiotic and political economy of the contract pregnancy industry.
Since 2014, academic publications by Dr. Lewis have appeared in journals such as Signs, Frontiers, Gender Place & Culture, Antipode, Feminism & Psychology, Feminist Review, Science as Culture, and Dialogues in Human Geography(in which her paper ‘Cyborg Uterine Geography’ acts as the anchor for a response forum). Her non-academic writing, including an op-ed on “How British Feminism Became Anti-Trans”; a critical tribute to Donna Haraway (“Cthulhu Plays No Role For Me”); and a contribution to hydrofeminist theory (“Amniotechnics”) can be found in newspapers and magazines including Viewpoint, Salvage Quarterly, Jacobin, The New Inquiry, Mute, Red Pepper, Boston Review, The London Review of Books, The New Socialist, Logic, and The New York Times.
Dr. Lewis’s German-English translations for MIT Press include A Brief History of Feminism (Antje Schrupp) and Communism for Kids (Bini Adamczak). Her translation of Sabine Hark and Paula-Irene Villa’s account of femo-nationalist Islamophobia in Germany, Other and Rule, is forthcoming from Verso. She is a member of the ecological writing collective Out of the Woods, which publishes in forums such as The New Inquiry and Commune, and an editor at Blind Field: A Journal of Cultural Inquiry, whose collection End/And: Feminization in Unending Times came out in 2017. In addition to speaking on Full Surrogacy Now, she is working on two subsequent book manuscripts, Feminism of Fools and Amniotechnics.