Carole is a professor at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the U.of California, San Francisco. She is also professor emerita of sociology at the U. Of California, Davis, where she also taught in the Women and Gender Studies program. In 2006, Prof. Joffe received the Public Service Award granted by the faculty senate at U.C. Davis in recognition for her efforts to put her research to use on behalf of numerous reproductive health organizations She received her PhD in sociology from the U. of California, Berkeley.
She is the author of four books: Friendly Intruders: Childcare Professionals and Family Life (1977); The Regulation of Sexuality: Experiences of Family Planning Workers (1986); Doctors of Conscience: The Struggle to Provide Abortion before and after Roe v Wade (1996); and Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients and the Rest of Us (December, 2009). She also is the author of numerous articles on various aspects of reproductive health services and politics. Besides writing for an academic audience, Joffe has throughout her career written for the general public as well, publishing op-eds and letters in leading newspapers (Los Angeles Times. Washington Post, New York Times, etc) and websites, such as Alternet, RHRealitycheck.org, Huffington Post, Salon, Slate and others.