Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois
When I was at Harvard, my senior thesis examined the menstrual cycle from the perspective of both Biological Anthropology and Women’s Studies. Now, I'm an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, where I run an intersectional feminist biology lab with the goal of understanding how modern environments influence women and gender minority reproductive physiology, health, and well-being. My main field sites are the Mogielica Human Ecology Study Site in rural Poland, where I have worked since 2002, and the Girls’ Adventures in Math, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) summer camp in Urbana, Illinois, a longitudinal research project in its fifth year.
Alongside my colleagues, I’ve also worked to uncover the widespread prevalence of sexual harassment and assault in the field sciences, astronomy, and planetary science, as well as the ways in which sexual harassment drives women from their careers. I served on the recent National Academy of Sciences Committee to Address Sexual Harassment in the Sciences and received the Gender Equity Award from the American Anthropological Association in 2018. Much of my public intellectual work takes place online, on Twitter at @KateClancy, at my website and blog at www.kateclancy.com, and on Period Podcast, a podcast I run about women and gender minority health. Besides that, I also have two wonderful daughters and a roller derby addiction.