Alana Cattapan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. 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.
She currently holds three grants as principal investigator. With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and the University of Saskatchewan, she is investigating the emergence of the concept of “women of reproductive age” in biomedical research ethics and public health campaigns. With funding from the Social Sciences Research Council of Canada, she is working with the Sanctum Care Group to report on the first-year outcomes of Sanctum 1.5, an integrated 10-bed HIV pre-natal care home in Saskatoon. 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.
She is also collaborating on research initiatives related to gender, law, and public policy including projects on surrogacy in Canada, gender and public engagement, and altruism in clinical trial participation.
As an educator, she is committed to critical pedagogy and the recognition of diverse learning styles. Her work on Wikipedia as a site of feminist pedagogy is the subject of articles in Feminist Teacher and York University’s Alumni magazine.