Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
China Initiative

Katherine A. Mason

Assistant Professor of Anthropology


Katherine A. Mason is a medical anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in China and the U.S. Her research addresses issues in medical anthropology, anthropological demography, population health, bioethics, global health, science and technology studies, China studies, and gender studies. Her first book, based on fieldwork she conducted in southeastern China on the professionalization of public health in China following the 2003 SARS epidemic, is under contract with Stanford University Press and is due out in early 2016. Mason is currently working on two new projects: a collaborative mixed methods project that examines HIV/AIDS stigma among recent Chinese immigrants to New York City's three Chinatowns, and a multi-sited ethnographic project that examines the mother-newborn relationship during the early postpartum period in the U.S. and China. Mason is affiliated with Brown's Population Studies and Training Center. 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.