Research

ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
Primarily, my research concerns assisted reproductive technology policy. My PhD dissertation, Failure to Reproduce: Assisted Reproductive Technology Policy in Canada, was a case study of the Canadian experience. It traced the development of Canadian assisted reproductive technology policy from the 1993 Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies to the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2010 decision that struck down much of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. As part of my postdoctoral fellowship, I extended this analysis to explore the current governance of Canadian fertility clinics, particularly with respect to the storage and disposition of human reproductive material.

I am currently beginning of a longer-term comparative project that seeks to redefine the way in which political scientists evaluate assisted reproductive technologies. As part of this project, I seek to demonstrate that assisted reproductive technology policy actually contains six distinct subfields, and that these subfields are regulated by various political actors, including medical self-regulatory organizations and courts. This project will use Canada, Australia, and the United States as case studies.