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Alana Cattapan PhD, MA, B.Soc.Sc. JSGS Faculty, U of S

Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

Rm 152, 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, S7N 5B8

Areas of Interest

  • Stakeholder engagement in health policy making in Canada
  • Reproductive biotechnologies
  • Gender and public engagement in Canada
  • Medicalization and the social construction of health and illness
  • Science and innovation policy


Previously a CIHR postdoctoral fellow at Novel Tech Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, Alana Cattapan’s research examines stakeholder engagement in health policy making in Canada. More specifically, she takes a critical feminist approach to the study of public policy, looking at the processes by which women and other historically marginalized communities are left out of health policy making. She is also collaborating on research initiatives related to gender, law and public policy including projects on gender and public engagement in Canada, and feminist approaches to the digital humanities.

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  • PhD in Political Science, York University
  • MA in Political Science and Women's Studies, University of Toronto
  • Hon. B.Soc.Sc. in Political Science and Women's Studies, University of Ottawa

Recent Grants/Awards

Recent Awards and Honors

  • CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017)
  • Brocher Foundation Residency (July 2017)

Recent Research Funding

  • Co-Investigator, SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (2016-2018)
  • Co-Investigator, SSHRC Connections Grant (2017-2018)
  • Co-Investigator, Social Justice Research Institute Symposium Grant (Brock University) (2015)
  • Co-Investigator, Faculty of Medicine Project Grant (Dalhousie University) (2015)

Select Publications

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Cattapan, Alana and Dave Snow. “Everything and Nothing: Regulating Embryo Research in Canada.” New Genetics and Society 36.1 (2017): 43-65.
  • Cattapan, Alana. “Precarious Labour: On Egg Donation as Work.” Studies in Political Economy 97.3 (2016): 234-252.
  • Cattapan, Alana and Quinn DuPont. “Moving Forward, Looking Back: Taking Canadian Feminist Histories Online.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice 37.2 (2016): 225-237.
  • Cattapan, Alana. “Good Eggs? Evaluating Consent Forms for Egg Donation.” Journal of Medical Ethics 42.7 (2016): 455-459.
  • Cattapan, Alana and Ashley Doyle. “Patient Decision Making on the Disposition of Surplus Cryopreserved Embryos in Canada.” Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada 38.1 (2016): 60-66.
  • Cattapan, Alana and Françoise Baylis. “Frozen in Perpetuity? ‘Abandoned Embryos’ in Canada.” Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online 1.2 (2015):104-112.
  • Cattapan, Alana and Dave Snow. “Of Research and Reproduction: Defining Embryo Research in Canada.” Monash Bioethics Review 33.4 (2015): 379-395.
  • Snow, Dave, Alana Cattapan, and Françoise Baylis. “Contesting Estimates of Cryopreserved Embryos in the United States” Nature Biotechnology 33.9 (2015): 909.
  • Petropanagos Angel, Alana Cattapan, Françoise Baylis, and Art Leader. “Social egg freezing: risk, benefits and other considerations.” Canadian Medical Association Journal. 187.9 (2015): 666-669.
  • Cattapan, Alana, Roxanne Mykitiuk and Mark Pioro. “Notions of Harm in Canadian Law: Addressing Exposures to Household Chemicals as Reproductive Torts.” Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, 1.1 (2015): 79-136.
  • Cattapan, Alana. “Risky Business: Surrogacy, Egg Donation, and the Politics of Exploitation.” Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 29.3 (2014): 361-379.
  • Cattapan, Alana, Katie Hammond, Jennie Haw, and Lesley Tarasoff. “Breaking the Ice: Young Feminist Scholars of Reproductive Politics Reflect on Egg Freezing.” International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 7.2 (2014): 236-247.
  • Cattapan, Alana. “Rhetoric and Reality: ‘Protecting’ Women in Canadian Public Policy on Assisted Human Reproduction.” Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 25.2 (2013): 202-220.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

  • Cattapan, Alana. “On Reproductive Citizenship: Thinking About Social Rights and Assisted Reproduction in Canada.” In Fertile Ground: Exploring Reproduction in Canada. Stephanie Paterson, Francesca Scala, and Marlene Sokolon, eds. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014. pp.152-177.

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