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.
She is currently working on a book manuscript on abortion reform in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. In an attempt to explain the presence or lack of abortion reform in these three countries, Professor Fernandez Anderson focuses on the role alliances between civil society actors and sympathetic allies in government have played in the struggle for decriminalization, and the conditions that have allowed or prevented these collaborations from happening.
Professor Fernandez Anderson is Mount Holyoke's advisor for the Five College Certificate on Health and Reproductive Justice.
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.
- "In Argentina, Feminists Versus the Catholic Church," NACLA Report on the Americas, June 7, 2018
- "Reproductive Inequalities," NACLA Report on the Americas 48:1 (2016): 15-17.
- "The Politics of Abortion in Latin America," Rewire, July 17, 2013
- "Abortion Decriminalization in Uruguay: Lessons and Liabilities," Different Takes, Fall 2012