Vartan Gregorian Assistant Professor of Anthropology


Katherine A. Mason is a medical anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in China and the U.S. Her research addresses issues in medical anthropology, population health, bioethics, China studies, reproductive health, mental health, and global health. Her first book, Infectious Change: Reinventing Chinese Public Health after an Epidemic, based on fieldwork she conducted in southeastern China on the professionalization and ethics of public health in China following the 2003 SARS epidemic, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016 and won the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize in 2019. Mason is currently the co-lead investigator of the Pandemic Journaling Project, a multidisciplinary effort to build an archive of diverse populations' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of text, voice and image-based journals. She also is working on a multi-sited ethnographic field project that examines family experiences and models of care for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in the U.S. and China. As part of this project, she became a certified postpartum doula (DONA International, 2018) and earned a certificate in maternal mental health (PSI and 2020 Mom). Mason is affiliated with Brown's Population Studies and Training Center, and the Program in Science and Technology Studies, and is a Faculty Fellow at the Swearer Center (2018-21). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, U.S. Fulbright program, and Association for Asian Studies. She has previously held positions as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar (2013-2015) and a Lecturer in the Health and Societies program at the University of Pennsylvania (2011-2013). She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 2011. 

**For more on the Pandemic Journaling Project, go here.

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