Lea Taragin-Zeller is a social and medical anthropologist, with research interests situated at the intersection of reproduction, religion and health. She is a Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute and an affiliated scholar at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc), University of Cambridge. Lea has published in leading international journals, such as American Anthropologist and Medical Anthropology, and serves as a section editor in Cambridge’s journal of Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online.
As an ethnographer of biomedicine and society, Lea’s research explores how scientific knowledge and technologies are negotiated among ethnic and faith minorities - influencing their reproductive decisions and raising new ethical dilemmas. Lea examines everyday projects of knowledge and decision-making vis-à-vis state-minority relations, intersectional dynamics and transnational networks. Her field sites span medical clinics, classrooms, adult education, and Jewish and Muslim grassroots organizations in Israel and the UK. Most recently, she is taking her interests in health, religion and education to understand the impact of COVID-19 on religious minority groups in Israel, the UK and USA.