Cora Fernandez Anderson

Assistant Professor of Politics
Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Social Movements, Reproductive Rights, Human Rights, Southern Cone

Professor Fernandez Anderson’s research explores social mobilization as a possible path towards social change. With this goal in mind she has researched human rights movements demanding justice for human rights abuses as well as reproductive rights movements and their struggle to decriminalize abortion in the Southern Cone. She has published her work in the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, and Politics, Groups and Identities and NACLA.

Her book Fighting for Abortion Rights in Latin America: Social Movements, State Allies and Institutions (Routledge 2020) explores abortion reform in Uruguay, Chile and Argentina. It focuses on the role alliances between civil society actors and sympathetic allies in government have played in the struggle for the legalization of abortion, and the conditions that have allowed or prevented these collaborations from happening.

Professor Fernandez Anderson is Mount Holyoke's advisor for the Five College Reproductive Health Rights and Justice Certificate Program.

She regularly teaches Introduction to Comparative Politics, Latin American Politics, Theories of Social Movements, Human rights in Latin America, The Politics of Abortion in the Americas, and Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Latin America.

Recent Campus News

“Aborto Legal Ya” graffiti photo taken in Salta Argentina 2018. Thayne Tuason, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Latin America’s abortion access is expanding

Cora Fernandez Anderson, assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke, was on two radio programs to discuss abortion access in Latin America. 

This is a picture of Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, who leads Argentina’s Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity.

Expanding women’s rights around the world

Mount Holyoke’s Cora Fernandez Anderson spoke with Argentina’s Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, who leads Argentina’s Ministry of Women, Gender and Diversity.

Cora Fernandez Anderson

The road to legal abortion in Argentina

Mount Holyoke’s Cora Fernandez Anderson’s recent article in Ms. magazine outlines the successful fight to legalize abortion in Argentina.   

Recent Publications

Fernandez Anderson, C. (2021) Abortion and political parties in the Southern Cone: Electoral costs, platforms and feminist activists. In B. Sutton and N. Vaccarezza, (eds.) Abortion and democracy. Contentious body politics in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. New York, NY: Routledge.

Fernandez Anderson, C. (2021, January 11). "Argentina legalizes abortion until 14 weeks, and we have feminist organizers to thank" Ms. Magazine. Retrieved from
Fernandez Anderson, C. (2020, December 12). "Argentina's Lower Chamber legalizes abortion until 14 weeks" Ms. Magazine, Retrieved from:

Fernández Anderson, C. (2020, July 9). Activists keep Argentina's abortion reform on the agenda despite COVID-19. NACLA