Professor Marcia Inhorn – Yale University (June-July 2018)
Professor Inhorn is a world-leading expert in the anthropology of assisted reproduction and has ongoing collaborations with Professor Whittaker, who previously visited Yale University. During her visit with the Health and Biofutures Focus Programme, Professor Inhorn will work on a manuscript concerning ova donation in the Middle East and present at a workshop to be organised by Professor Whittaker and A/Professor Catherine Mills on ‘Reproductive Futures.’ The workshop will draw together a group of international and local scholars working on assisted reproduction.
Dr Shona Hilton – Glasgow University (March 2018)
Dr Shona Hilton is Deputy Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Science Unit, University of Glasgow, UK and co-leads a public health policy programme. She is a Social Scientist and her research focuses on macro level determinants on health such as mass media, political and corporate influences that shape global public policy debates. She leads rapid response research into emerging high profile public health issues to offer stakeholders and decision-makers early insights into how health issues, evidence and policies are being reported and understood.
Fanny Edenroth-Cato – Stockholm University (February to May 2018)
Fanny Edenroth-Cato is a doctoral student from Stockholm University. Her thesis investigates notions of sensitivity, vulnerability and the highly sensitive person (HSP) are constructed and negotiated in online interaction and how the category is launched and distributed in a Swedish context. The aim is to analyze discursive practices through production of knowledge/expertise, social categorization and identity in relation to its’ digital, societal and historical contexts. The methodological framework is discursive psychology and poststructuralist theory. The empirical material is from a parenting online forum, a youth online forum, web-blogs and a selection of modern parenting advice literature from different periods. Fanny is working with colleagues in Health and Biofutures and busy writing the final parts of her thesis.
Professor Bronwen Lichtenstein – The University of Alabama (October – December 2017)
Bronwen Lichtenstein, is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at The University of Alabama, USA. She is also a research fellow at the Rural Center for HIV/STD Prevention at Indiana University-Bloomington, a past president of the mental health section of the International Sociological Association, and a term member of the Governor of Alabama’s AIDS Commission for Children, Youth and Adults. Her published articles and funded research projects are on stigma, STDS, HIV/AIDS, illicit drug use, health disparities, and the social dimensions of home foreclosure in the United States.