Katie Dow’s main research interests are the intersections between reproduction and the environment and the ethical dilemmas and questions provoked by assisted conception. She is particularly concerned with the ways in which notions of nature and naturalness are implicated in morality and ethics, as well as the importance of gender, class, race and sexuality in structuring ideologies of parenting and reproduction. Her book, Making a Good Life: An Ethnography of Nature, Ethics, and Reproduction was published by Princeton University Press in 2016.
Katie gained a PhD in social anthropology from the London School of Economics in 2010. She was subsequently awarded an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship, which she took up at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked in the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) at Cambridge since 2013. In this role, she is working on an analysis of media representations of IVF in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s and on a collaborative project called ‘Reproducing the Environment’ with Janelle Lamoreaux at the University of Arizona.
Katie chairs an interdisciplinary reading group on reproduction and has taught undergraduate and Masters students in kinship, gender, sexuality and reproduction. She is also the reviews editor for the journal Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online.
Dow, K. 2016. Making a Good Life: An Ethnography of Nature, Ethics, and Reproduction. Princeton University Press.
Dow, K. 2016. 'What gets left behind for future generations? Reproduction and the environment in Spey Bay, Scotland', Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 22 (3): 653-669.
Dow, K. 2016. 'Seeing with Dolphins: Reflections on the Salience of Cetaceans'. In Thinking about Animals in the Age of the Anthropocene. eds. Morten Tønnessen, Kristin Armstrong Oma and Silver Rattasepp. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Dow, K. 2015. Review of Moral Laboratories, Cheryl Mattingly (2014). Medicine Anthropology Theory.
Dow, K. 2015. ‘A Nine-Month Head-Start’: The Maternal Bond and Surrogacy. Ethnos, special issue: 'Nature and Ethics Across Geographical, Rhetorical and Human Borders’, eds. K. Dow and V. Boydell, published online April 2015.
Dow, K. and Boydell, V. 2015. 'Introduction: Nature and Ethics Across Geographical, Rhetorical and Human Borders'. Ethnos special issue: 'Nature and Ethics Across Geographical, Rhetorical and Human Borders’, eds. K. Dow and V. Boydell, published online April 2015.