Changemakers in Family Planning: Melissa Madera
Awarded 2019
Changemakers in Family Planning
Melissa Madera, PhD
University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Madera is the Senior Project Manager and Research Fellow for Project SANA (The Self-managed Abortion Needs Assessment Project), which examines self-managed abortion across the US. She is also a multimedia historian, and the founder and director of The Abortion Diary, a transnational, transmedia story-sharing project that elucidates people’s real experiences with abortion, and challenges the dominant discourses about abortion. Her vision is to archive the history of abortion in the US, which will combine her skills in scientific qualitative and quantitative research with her specialized training in historical research, and expertise in oral history, historiography, and transmedia storytelling.