Irina Herb

Irina Herb analyses sociological processes of "doing property" in transnational economies of reproduction in the sub-project C02. She is doing her PhD on conceptual and normative arguments in Marxist-feminist debates concerning social reproduction with a focus on assisted reproductive technologies.

Irina Herb studied Sociology at the Georg-August University of Göttingen and International Relations at the University of Oxford. She worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Diversity Research (Göttingen) and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen) and spend research visits at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Leipzig). Following her studies, she worked as a researcher at a think tank on environmental policies.

Irina Herb is interested in Marxist theories in the context of social reproduction, reproductive justice and reproductive technologies, racism and decoloniality, as well as socialist critiques, movements, family models and utopias. 

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Research project

Title: “Wages for ‘life-making’? The Politics of Pregnancy through a Marxist-Feminist Lens” (since 11/2022)



Scientific publications
  • Graefe, S.; Herb, I.; Lettow, S. (eds.): Dimensions of Property in Reproductive Economies. Practices, Discourses, and Structures. Campus Verlag, (in preparation).
  • Herb, I.; Uhlmann, S. (2024): “Zum Widerspruch zwischen Akkumulation und der Reproduktion von Leben. Social Reproduction Theory als umfassende Analyse kapitalistischer Gesellschaften?”, In: PROKLA. Zeitschrift für Kritische Sozialwissenschaft 54(214), 11-31. DOI:
  • Herb, I.; Abdel-Fatah, D.; Chakraborty, D.; Edwards, G. (2023): "Nancy Fraser’s Cannibal Capitalism: An Extended Discussion“, In: Historical Materialism Bookreviews,
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