Dr. Angel Foster is a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and held the 2011-2016 Endowed Chair in Women’s Health Research. A 1996 Rhodes Scholar from Oregon, she earned her doctorate (DPhil) in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Oxford. Grounded in the fields of medical anthropology and public health, her doctoral and post-doctoral research focused on women’s comprehensive health care in Tunisia and involved more than two years of fieldwork. Dr. Foster also holds a medical degree (MD) from Harvard Medical School and both a master’s degree (AM) in international policy studies and a bachelor’s degree (BAS) in international relations and biology from Stanford University.
Dr. Foster has led multi-methods research projects on women’s health in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, North America, and Sub-Saharan Africa; she currently leads projects in 22 countries. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, she was a senior associate at Ibis Reproductive Health, where she directed a program of work dedicated to reproductive health issues in the Middle East and North Africa and in conflict-affected settings. She is also a principal and co-founder of Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants, a US-based non-profit research organization dedicated to reproductive health, rights, and justice. Dr. Foster has authored more than 100 publications on reproductive health and co-edited three books: Emergency contraception: The story of a global reproductive health technology (Palgrave MacMillan 2012); Abortion pills, test tube babies, and sex toys: Emerging sexual and reproductive technologies in the Middle East and North Africa(Vanderbilt University Press 2017); and Sex in the Middle East and North Africa (Vanderbilt University Press 2022). Her fourth book, Abortion, politics, and the Pill that Promised to Change Everything: The Global Journey of Mifepristone is forthcoming (Palgrave Macmillan).
Dr. Foster sits on the board of directors of the National Abortion Federation and she chairs the board of the National Abortion Federation of Canada. She is editor-in-chief of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and a deputy editor of Contraception. In 2017, she received the Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research from the Guttmacher Institute. She is also the recipient of the inaugural Leadership Award from the Canadian Partnership for Women’s and Children’s Health, the 2018 Public Service Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and the 2020 Honorary Member Award from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada.
Professor Foster is accepting new students for thesis supervision.