Laura Mamo, Ph.D.

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I study the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine.


Laura Mamo's research examines issues of knowledge and power, health and inequality, and sexuality, gender, race and social justice.



Laura Mamo is the Health Equity Institute Professor of Public Health. Her work lies at the intersection of medical sociology, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural studies of science, technology and medicine. Her research and teaching focus on sexuality and its politics in medicine, science, and health discourse, practice, and resistance. Mamo is the author of the forthcoming book, Sexualizing Cancer: HPV and the Gendered Politics of Cancer Prevention(University of Chicago Press, 2023); Queering Reproduction: Achieving Pregnancy in the Age of Technoscience(Duke University Press, 2007); co-author of Living Green: Communities that Sustain (New Society Press, 2010); and co-editor of Biomedicalization Studies: Technoscience and Transformations of Health, Illness and U.S. Biomedicine(Duke University Press, 2010). Mamo is the co-founder of The Beyond Bullying Project, a multimedia school-based queer sexuality and gender project with Jessica Fields, Jen Gilbert and Nancy Lesko. Mamo’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and others. Mamo earned her PhD in 2002 from UCSF and BA from University of Wisconsin, Madison. She joined the faculty at SFSU as Health Equity Professor of Public Health in 2010 following appointments as Assistant Professor and Associated Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. 


2019 Kenney, M., and L. Mamo. "The Imaginary of Precision Public Health," Medical Humanities. Forthcoming.


2018 Gilbert, J., J. Fields, L. Mamo and N. Lesko. "Intimate Possibilities: The Beyond Bullying Project and Stories of LGBTQ Sexuality and Gender in US Schools." Harvard Educational Review. 88(2): 163-183.


2017 Epstein, S., and L. Mamo. "The Proliferation of Sexual Health: Diverse Social Problems and the Legitimation of Sexuality." Soc Sci Med 188 (Sep 2017): 175-90.