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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

  • Public engagement in policy-making
  • Reproductive justice
  • Health policy
  • Reproductive biotechnology
  • Gender and public policy
  • Science and innovation policy


Alana Cattapan is an Assistant Professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and an Associate Member of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is also a Board member and the Research and Action Chair of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, and part of the organizing group of Rise Up! A Digital Archive of Feminist Activism.

A longtime feminist researcher and activist, she studies gendered inclusion in policy making, identifying links between the state, the commercialization of the body, and reproductive labour.

With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Cattapan is currently investigating the emergence of the concept of “women of reproductive age” in biomedical research ethics and public health campaigns. She is also the 2018-2019 recipient of the James Kreppner Award from Canadian Blood Services to conduct research on variation in provincial exemptions on sale in Canadian human tissue legislation. Her work has also been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Brocher Foundation, and the Royal Society of Canada.

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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

  • Principal Investigator, CIHR New Investigator Award in Maternal, Reproductive, and Child Health (with support from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and the University of Saskatchewan (2017-2020)
  • Principal Investigator, James Kreppner Award (Canadian Blood Services) (2018-2019)
  • 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, Katharine Browne, Donna M. Halperin, Antonia Di Castri, et. al. “Motivation for Participating in Phase I Vaccine Trials: Comparison of an Influenza and Ebola Randomized Controlled Trial.” Vaccine 37.2 (2019): 289-285.
  • Baylis, Françoise, Alana Cattapan, and Dave Snow. “Editorial Misconduct: What Are Scholars to Do?” Public Affairs Quarterly 31.2 (2017): 143-150.
  • 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

  • Baylis, Françoise and Alana Cattapan. “Personalized Medicine and the Politics of Human Genome Transfer.” In Personalised Medicine, Individual Choice, and the Common Good. Britta van Beers, Sigrid Sterckx, and Donna Dickenson, eds. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018. pp.17-36.
  • 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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