Chancellor's Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies
Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Research Expertise and Interest

science & technology studies, environmental ethics, feminist theory, reproductive technology, genetics, stem cell & cloning technology, personalized medicine, biodiversity conservation, transnational studies of reproduction & population, ethnography


Charis Thompson is Chancellor's Professor and Chair of the Department of Gender and Women's Studies.  Her current project is on Science elites, democracy, and inequality.  Areas of research: Feminist Theory; Science and Technology Studies; Reproductive and Genetic Technologies; Personalized Medicine; Transnational and Comparative Studies of Reproduction, Population , Biodiversity and Environment. Professor Thompson teaches Gender, Race, and Nation and Health; Foundations of American Cyber-cultures; Environmental Ethics; Bodies and Boundaries; Gender and Science; Medicine as Identity, Expertise, and Governance; Population and Reproduction in Transnational Perspective; Science and Technology Studies; Feminist Theory; Mixed and Ethnographic Research Methods. She is the author of the books, Making Parents: The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies, MIT Press, 2005, and Good Science: The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research, MIT Press, 2013, and numerous papers. 

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