Alana Cattapan is the Canada Research Chair in the Politics of Reproduction and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.  She studies gendered inclusion in policy making, identifying links between the state, the commercialization of the body, and reproductive labour. She also directs the Politics of Reproduction Research Group at the University of Waterloo.

Before joining the University of Waterloo, she was an Assistant Professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan, where she was also an Associate Member of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. From 2015-2017, she was a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow at Novel Tech Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, focusing on interest group organizing for infertility care, and the governance of reproductive tissues.

She has published peer-reviewed articles in Studies in Political Economy, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Medical Ethics, among others. She is also the co-editor of Surrogacy in Canada: Critical Perspectives in Law and Policy (Irwin Law, 2018).

As an educator, she is committed to critical pedagogy and the recognition of diverse learning styles.