The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is pleased to welcome Alana Cattapan as an assistant professor in the school’s University of Saskatchewan campus, effective July 1, 2017.
Previously a CIHR postdoctoral fellow at Novel Tech Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, Dr. Cattapan takes a critical approach to the study of stakeholder engagement in health policy making in Canada. More specifically, her research examines the processes by which women and other historically marginalized communities are left out of policy making related to the governance of reproduction.
“My research makes connections between participation in policy making, the commercialization of the body, biotechnologies, and reproductive labour,” says Dr. Cattapan. “My focus is on bringing attention to the interests of those whose voices are often ignored or otherwise minimized in policy debates.”
Dr. Cattapan is also collaborating on research initiatives related to gender, law and public policy including projects on gender and public engagement in Canada, altruism in clinical trial participation, and feminist approaches to the digital humanities. She has published over 15 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, and New Genetics and Society, among others.
“We are very excited to welcome Alana Cattapan to the JSGS,” says Kathleen McNutt, JSGS Executive Director. “Her perspective on women’s participation in policy making provides a refreshing and new viewpoint that needs to be included in dialogues within and outside of the classroom.”
Dr. Cattapan received her PhD in Political Science from York University (2015), an MA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Toronto (2007), and her B.Soc.Sc. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa (2006).