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Katherine Mason

Katherine Mason

Ph.D. Anthropology, Harvard University
A.M. Anthropology, Harvard University
B.S. Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, Yale University

Katherine A. Mason is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown and a faculty affiliate of the Population Studies and Training Center and the Program in Science, Technology and Society. At the Swearer Center, she facilitates and supports learning communities for faculty involved in engaged scholarship and is also working with Swearer Center staff to develop a Community-Based Learning and Research undergraduate fellows program.

Mason is a medical anthropologist who conducts ethnographic fieldwork in China and the U.S. Her research addresses issues in medical anthropology, population health, bioethics, China studies, reproductive health, mental health and global health. Her first book, "Infectious Change: Reinventing Chinese Public Health after an Epidemic," based on fieldwork she conducted in southeastern China on the professionalization and ethics of public health in China following the 2003 SARS epidemic, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. 

Mason is currently working on a multi-sited ethnographic field project that examines family experiences and models of care for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in the U.S. and China. As part of this project, she became a certified postpartum doula (DONA International, 2018), and she works with local practitioners and patients in both the US and China to improve postpartum care for women at risk for postpartum depression and anxiety. She is also a core consultant on the AmeRicans’ Conceptions of Health Equity Study (ARCHES), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, U.S. Fulbright program, and Association for Asian Studies. She has previously held positions as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar (2013-2015) and a Lecturer in the Health and Societies program at the University of Pennsylvania (2011-2013). Mason received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University in 2011.