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Reproductive Sociology Research Group


Katie is a PhD candidate in Sociology under the supervision of Professor Sarah Franklin and Professor Martin Johnson. In the spring of 2014 she will join the Embryo Project at Arizona State University, supported by the National Science Foundation, as an Embryo Project Fellow and visiting Scholar. 

Her PhD dissertation provides an ethnographic examination of the experience of egg donation in Canada from the perspective of egg donors, intended parents and clinicians. Her research looks at issues surrounding emerging national and transnational markets, and the role of the Canadian assistive reproductive technology regulation. Her research is supported by a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship, and Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Her current research is an extension of work that she conducted for her MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies (2012), also at Cambridge, on issues of autonomy surrounding egg donation. Katie also holds a B.A Hons (2011) in Legal Studies from Carleton University, Canada. 

Katie is a convener of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproductive Forum, and co-founder and author for the Assisted Human Reproduction Feminist working group (Canada). Her work has been featured widely in the media including the Huffington Post, Working Moms UK, and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).

Broadly, her research interests are in medical and legal sociology (particularly concerning reproduction, assisted reproduction, pregnancy, motherhood), public health, and gender (and its intersection with the law).




Key publications: 


(Forthcoming) Cattapan A., Haw J., Hammond K., and Tarasoff, L.A. “Young scholars on reproductive politics reflect on egg freezing.”International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

Hammond, Katie. “Why reproductive technologies are not the solution to age-related fertility.” WM magazine, 29 January 2014; The Huffington Post, 30 January 2014.

Hammond, Katie. “The regulation and practice of egg donation in Canada.” Centre for research in the arts, social sciences and humanities PhDCasts. Season 2 (2). 6 November 2013. Available:

Hammond, Katie. “Canada’s online human egg market.” The Scholar, 10(1), p.9 (2013).

Hammond, Katie. “Beyond the biological: How ARTs are re-defining the ‘maternal’ relationship.” Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics ( 19 February 2013.

Hammond, Katie. “Are we protecting the well-being of egg donors?” The Huffington Post. 7 September 2012.