Edmée Ballif is a sociologist and anthropologist with a special interest in reproduction, parenting, food and gender. She specialises in qualitative methods and inductive research designs.
Her research focuses on the way institutions (re)produce social stratification based on gender, sex, race, class or nationality by drawing from interdisciplinary fields such as reproduction, parenting, gender, food and environmental studies. She has a special interest in the social construction of « good » parents or reproductive subjects.
Her PhD research analysed the social government of pregnancy and was carried out as a doctoral researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Lausanne (2010-2013, 2015-2017) and as a Swiss National Research Foundation fellow and visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University (USA) in 2013-2015.
These projects build on her earlier research on gender, race and nationality dynamics in social institutions such as religion, medicine and science. She has conducted research for the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Lausanne (2019-2020), the School of Health Sciences, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (2018-2020), the Sociology Laboratory (2010-2018) and the Institute of social sciences of contemporary religions, University of Lausanne (2008-2010). She holds a BA in history of religions, social sciences and history, a MA in sociology of religions and a PhD in social sciences from the University of Lausanne