Dr Lea Taragin-Zeller


Postdoctoral Affiliate

College Roles

  • Postdoctoral Affiliate
  • Postgraduate Mentor

University Roles

  • Research Fellow, Woolf Institute & Affiliated Researcher, ReproSoc (Reproductive Sociology Research Group), Department of Sociology


Email: lz378@cam.ac.uk


Lea completed her PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2018. As part of her training, she was a fellow at the interdisciplinary program of “Human Rights and Judaism” at the Israeli Democracy Institute. She also spent a year as a visiting graduate student in Social Anthropology at Newnham (2016-2017).

She is currently a research fellow at the Woolf Institute and an affiliated researcher at the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) in the Department of Sociology,  University of Cambridge.

Research Interests:

Anthropology of religion (esp. Judaism, Islam and interfaith relations); Medical Anthropology (esp. health decision making, reproduction and ethnic minority and migrant health); Gender and Sexuality (esp. body, modesty, and transnational feminism), Anthropology of Education (esp. sex education; science and technology), Anthropological Theory; Mixed-methods and comparative ethnography.

Regions: Middle East (Israel-Palestine), Europe (UK, Germany), North America

Current research project: Religion, Public Health and COVID-19

Besides her commitment to academic excellence, Lea is an avid singer, with a particular love for choral singing.