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Reproductive Sociology Research Group

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Kathryn Medièn


Kathryn Medien is a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology and a member of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc). Her research combines her interests in colonialism, anti-racism, reproduction, gender and sexuality. She is currently researching the relationship between sexuality and Israel’s occupation of Palestine through a focus on sexual violence, the regulation of mixed-relationships, and reproductive technologies and medicine. 


At ReproSoc, Kathryn is part of the project team for the ‘Changing (In)Fertilities’ project, a multi-dimensional Wellcome Trust funded study looking at changes in both the perception of (in)fertility and (in)fertility behaviours. She manages the ‘Stratified (In)Fertilities’ work package, which examines how perceptions and access to fertility are locally and globally stratified across geographical, racial, class, gendered, and sexual formations. She will also be lecturing on the Sociology of Gender (SOC10) paper. 


Prior to joining the Department of Sociology, Kathryn was an Early Career Fellow in the Institute of Advance Study and a PhD student in the Sociology Department at University of Warwick. In 2016 she was a visiting research fellow in Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University. Kathryn holds an MSc in Gender Studies from the LSE and a BA(Hons) in Politics and International Relations from the University of Surrey. 

Key Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles
Medien, K. (2019). Palestine in DeleuzeTheory Culture & Society, Online First.  
Book Reviews 
Medien, K. (2017). 'The White Possessive: Property, Power and Indigenous Sovereignty' (by Aileen Moreton-Robinson). Sociology, vol. 51(1): 183-184.
Medien, K., & Breslow, J. (2015). 'Sex or the Unbearable' (by Lauren Berlant & Lee Edelman). Sexualities, vol. 18 (5-6): 641-644.
Outreach and Interviews
Medien, K. (2018). Thinking Life, Death, and Solidarity Through Colonized Palestine: An Interview with Jasbir K. Puar. Journal of Middle East Women Studies, 14(1): 94-103. 
Medien, K. (2016). Colonial Myths, Border Technologies. Society & Space Blog. 
Medien, K. (2016). Narrating the 'Arab Spring', Five Years On. Discover Society, 29.