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Katrina Karkazis


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Katrina Karkazis


Katrina Karkazis is a cultural anthropologist with extensive training in science and technology studies, gender studies, and empirical bioethics. Broadly speaking her work examines scientific and medical beliefs about gender, sexuality, and the body across a range of specialized topics. She began her career looking at controversies over treatment for people with intersex traits, which resulted in an award-winning book, Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience (Duke 2008). She is completing the book T: The Unauthorized Biography that examines the varied identities of testosterone in U.S. culture. In collaboration with Rebecca Jordan-Young, the title is under contract with Harvard University Press and has support from the National Science Foundation and the Brocher Foundation, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Fellowship. This book stems from her work on "sex testing" and sports policies that ban women athletes for having naturally high testosterone. This research has appeared in Science, The American Journal of Bioethics, and BMJ. She also contributed to Dutee Chand's successful appeal of the IAAF's hyperandrogenism regulation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and served as an expert witness in the hearing. She has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, and Wired, among other outlets and her research has been covered in the New York Times, Time, BuzzFeed, The Week, CNN, The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Times, the Toronto Star, among many others. She has also appeared on The World, BBC, CBS News, NBC News, KCBS, CTV News, Q Radio, Al Jazeera, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among others.

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