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Alana  Cattapan  - Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon, SK, CA

Alana Cattapan

Assistant Professor | Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK, CANADA

Alana Cattapan researches women's engagement in public policy making, focusing on health and reproductive biotechnologies









Alana Cattapan is an Assistant Professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. A longtime feminist researcher and activist, she studies women’s participation in policy making, identifying links between the state, the commercialization of the body, biotechnologies, and reproductive labour.

She is also collaborating on research initiatives related to gender, law, and public policy including projects on gender and public engagement in Canada, altruism in clinical trial participation, and feminist approaches to the digital humanities.

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.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Public Policy

Reproductive Technologies

Women's Health

Canadian Politics

Feminism & Gender Studies

Health Law & Policy

Bioethics and the Law

Education (3)

York University: Ph.D., Political Science 2015

University of Toronto: M.A., Political Science and Women's Studies 2007

University of Ottawa: B. Soc. Sc., Political Science and Women's Studies 2006

Affiliations (2)

  • Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
  • Gender and Women's Studies (Dalhousie University)

Languages (1)

  • French

Media Appearances (7)

Sex-Selective Abortion is About More than Wishing for Male Children  online


Commentary on sex-selective abortion in Ontario

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The Trouble with Paying for Sperm

The Toronto Star  print


Commentary on the cross-border semen trade and relevant Canadian regulation. (w/ Françoise Baylis)

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The Curious Case of Informed Consent for Egg Donation

BMJ: Journal of Medical Ethics Blog  online


Commentary on original research project on Canadian consent forms for egg donation

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Don’t Commercialize Women’s Bodies

Montreal Gazette  print


Letter to the editor about the commercialization of surrogacy (w/ Françoise Baylis)

Ontario Should Focus on Preventing Infertility Instead of Treating It  online


Commentary on the funding of IVF in Ontario

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Why Ontario's IVF Funding Structure is Not the Answer  online


Commentary on the public funding of IVF in Ontario

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Limited Funding for IVF Does Not Go Far Enough

The Toronto Star  print


Commentary on the public funding of IVF in Ontario

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Articles (12)

Good Eggs? Evaluating Consent Forms for Egg Donation

Journal of Medical Ethics



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Patient Decision Making on the Disposition of Surplus Cryopreserved Embryos in Canada

Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada


w/ Ashley Doyle

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Frozen in Perpetuity? ‘Abandoned Embryos’ in Canada

Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online


w/ Françoise Baylis

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Of Research and Reproduction: Defining Embryo Research in Canada

Monash Bioethics Review


w/ Dave Snow

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Contesting Estimates of Cryopreserved Embryos in the United States

Nature Biotechnology


w/ Dave Snow and Françoise Baylis

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Social Egg Freezing: Risk, Benefits and Other Considerations

Canadian Medical Association Journal


w/ Angel Petropanagos, Françoise Baylis, and Art Leader

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Notions of Harm in Canadian Law: Addressing Exposures to Household Chemicals as Reproductive Torts

Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law


w/ Roxanne Mykitiuk and Mark Pioro

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Risky Business: Surrogacy, Egg Donation, and the Politics of Exploitation

Canadian Journal of Law and Society



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Breaking the Ice: Young Feminist Scholars of Reproductive Politics Reflect on Egg Freezing

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics


w/ Katie Hammond, Jennie Haw, and Lesley Tarasoff

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Rhetoric and Reality: ‘Protecting’ Women in Canadian Public Policy on Assisted Human Reproduction

Canadian Journal of Women and the Law



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The Devil We Know: The Implications of Bill C-38 for Assisted Human Reproduction in Canada

Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada


w/ Sara Cohen

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(Re)Writing ‘Feminism in Canada’: Wikipedia in the Feminist Classroom

Feminist Teacher



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