Angel Foster, DPhil, MD, AM

Research Interests

  • Identifying and addressing the reproductive health needs of vulnerable populations
  • Expanding access to emergency contraception
  • Increasing access to safe, high quality, and affordable abortion services
  • Improving the reproductive health training of health service professionals


Dr. Angel M. Foster holds the 2011-2016 Endowed Chair in Women's Health Research at the University of Ottawa, where she is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is also an Affiliated Scholar at Ibis
Reproductive Health and Co-Founder of Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants. A 1996 Rhodes Scholar from Oregon, she received her DPhil in
Middle Eastern studies from the University of Oxford. She received her MD
from Harvard Medical School and her AM in International Policy Studies and
BAS from Stanford University. Her research focuses on emergency
contraception, abortion, and health professions education and she currently
leads projects in ten different countries. Dr. Foster speaks French and
Arabic and has authored more than seventy publications on reproductive
health, including two co-edited books: Emergency contraception: The story of
a global reproductive health technology, (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012) and
Abortion pills, test tube babies, and sex toys: Emerging sexual and
reproductive health technologies in the Middle East and North Africa
(Vanderbilt University Press, 2016). Her third co-edited volume, Abortion,
politics, and the pill that promised to change everything: The global journey
of mifepristone will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in late 2017.

Dr. Foster is on the Board of Directors of the National Abortion Federation
and the Immediate Past Chair of the Population, Reproductive, and Sexual
Health Section of the American Public Health Association. In 2004 Dr. Foster
was named one of Choice USA’s 30 Under-30 Activists for Reproductive
Freedom and in 2009 she received the PRSH Section’s Outstanding Young
Professional Award. In 2015 she was honored with a Femmy Award in recognition
of her outstanding contributions to women’s rights and equality in
Canada’s National Capital Region.

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