& Bioethicist


I am a cultural anthropologist working at the intersection of science and technology studies, theories of gender and race, and bioethics. My research and teaching examine—and challenge—entrenched scientific and medical beliefs about gender, sexuality, and the body across a range of topics. 

I have just completed the book, Testosterone: The Unauthorized Biography that unsettles a great deal of long-standing knowledge and beliefs about this wiley hormone. In collaboration with Rebecca Jordan-Young, the title is under contract with Harvard University Press and has support from the National Science Foundation and the Brocher Foundation, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Council of Learned Societies Collaborative Research Fellowship. My recent essay, "The Masculine Mystique of T," published in the New York Review of Books, will give you a taste of my thinking.

My preoccupation with testosterone stems from my earlier work, including my research on “sex testing” and sports regulations that ban women athletes for having naturally high testosterone. This research has appeared in ScienceThe American Journal of Bioethics, BMJ, and Feminist Formations. I contributed to Dutee Chand’s successful appeal of the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism regulation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and served as an expert witness in the hearing.

I began my career looking at controversies over treatment for people with intersex traits, which resulted in the book, Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience (Duke 2008).

My writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Wired, and the New York Review of Books, among other outlets.

My research has been covered in the New York Times, Time, BuzzFeed, The Week, CNN, ESPN, The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Jezebel, Slate, The Advocate, La Liberation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, San Jose Mercury News, and the Toronto Star. I’ve also appeared on The WorldBBC, CBS News, NBC News, KCBS, CTV News, Q Radio, Al Jazeera, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among others.





October 12, 2018 | Dalhousie Health Law Institute | Halifax, Canada