Alana Cattapan is an Assistant Professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and an Associate Member of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. 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 two grants. 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. 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. Her work has also been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Brocher Foundation, and the Royal Society of Canada.
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.