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Janelle Lamoreaux


Janelle Lamoreaux's research focuses on science, technology and medicine with an emphasis on reproduction, kinship, and gender. As a recent graduate of the University of California and San Francisco's Joint Program in Medical Anthropology, her dissertation investigates the relationship between reproductive and environmental health in China, especially as it relates to epigenetic research on male infertility. Through sperm and studies of sperm-environment interaction, Janelle's dissertation and forthcoming book manuscript attempt to understand the biosocial impacts of rapid social change in China. Janelle's future research will explore historical and social change in China through reproductive and genetic technologies, including IVF.

Janelle has taught anthropology courses at the University of California, Berkeley, including Science and the Making of Sex and Gender and Toxic! The Anthropology of Exposure.

Key Publications

PhD Dissertation - Infertile Futures: Sperm and Science in a Chinese Environment

Article In Progress - Fishing for Affinity: Gender-benders and indirect environmental activism in China

Selected conference presentations

October 2013, Society for the Social Studies of Science, San Diego. Panel Co-organizer: "Big Picture, Small Things"

January 2013, Diana Forsythe Dissertation Award Seminar, University of California, San Francisco. "Enacting Environments: Infertility, Epigenetics and China's Toxic Inheritance"

November 2012, American Anthropological Association, San Francisco. "Infertility as Symptom and Diagnosis"

  • Position: Research Associate
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  • Tel: 01223 334520
  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Website: Reprosoc Sociology