RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology
Area(s) of Expertise:
China, Medical Anthropology, Migration, Gender Professionalization, Infectious Disease, Ethics, Urbanization, Bureaucracies
Katherine A. Mason is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University in 2011, with a concentration in medical anthropology. Following the completion of her doctorate, she taught for two years in the Health and Societies program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a lecturer in the Department of History and Sociology of Science. Between 2008 and 2010, Kate conducted ethnographic fieldwork on the professionalization of public health in China following the 2003 SARS epidemic. A book based on this research, "Infectious Change: Reinventing Chinese Public Health after an Epidemic," will be published with Stanford University Press in 2016. Her work has been published in Medical Anthropology, The China Journal, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Studies in Comparative and International Development, Anthropology and Medicine, AIDS and Behavior, and Behemoth. Her research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, U.S. Fulbright program, and Association for Asian Studies, among others. She earned her B.S. in molecular, cellular, & developmental biology summa cum laude from Yale University in 2001. As an RWJF Health & Society Scholar, Kate collaborated with colleagues at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health to undertake a mixed methods study of HIV stigma among Chinese immigrants to New York City. She is now working on a comparative ethnographic project on perinatal mood disorders in the U.S. and China.