Dr. Laura Mamo is Associate Director of the Health Equity Institute and Health Equity Institute Professor of Health Education. She is a medical sociologist, scholar of science, technology and medicine, and a qualitative researcher. Her research and teaching explores women’s health, LGBT health, and sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice, with an emphasis on examining social and cultural dimensions of gender, sexuality and health inequalities.
Mamo’s current research examines biomedical and social controversies surrounding the emergence of viral cancer knowledge and practice; the production and meanings of the concept of sexual health; and the ways LGBTQ sexuality circulates in U.S. schools. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) on Studying Field Emergence: HPV and the Expanding List of Oncoviruses, funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant #: SES 1054024). She is a Co-Investigator on the Beyond Bullying Project: Shifting the Discourse of LGBTQ Sexuality and Youth in Schools, funded by the Ford Foundation. She is the past recipient of research funding from The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Mamo is the author of Queering Reproduction: Achieving Pregnancy in the Age of Technoscience (Duke University Press, 2007); co-editor of Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health, and Illness in the U.S. (Duke University Press, 2010); and co-author of Living Green: Communities That Sustain (New Society Press, 2009). She is the co-editor of a special issue of Science, Technology and Human Values (2013) on the intersections of science, ethics and justice. She has also published in Social Science & Medicine, Contexts, Signs: Women in Culture and Society, Science as Culture, Science, Technology & Human Values, The Journal of Family Studies, Sociological Perspectives, Sociology of Health and Illness, and the American Sociological Review.
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