Katrina KarkazisI am an anthropologist and bioethicist at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University.  The heart of my work is aimed at promoting social justice. My work is deeply interdisciplinary and addresses a range of topics challenging entrenched scientific and medical beliefs about gender, sexuality, and the body. I am currently focused on “sex testing” of elite female athletes and my work on this has appeared in the American Journal of Bioethics and the BMJ as well as The New York Times. I began my career looking at controversies over treatment for people with intersex traits, which resulted in my book Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience (Duke 2008). My research has been covered in the New York Times, Time, The Week, CNN, ESPN, The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Jezebel, Slate, The Advocate, La Liberation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, San Jose Mercury News, and the Toronto Star. I’ve also appeared on the BBC, CBS News, NBC News, KCBS, CTV News, Q Radio, Al Jazeera, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among others.


June 09, 2015
International Sociology of Sport Association | Paris, France

June 17, 2015
Brocher Foundation | Geneva, Switzerland

September 24, 2015
University of Pittsburgh


Recent Activity

89.3 KPCC
Female sprinter fights to run in the body she was born in
AirTalk w/Larry Mantle (KPCC)
The New York Times
Fighting for the Body She Was Born With
The New York Times
The Stream
No games for women with ‘too much’ testosterone
Al Jazeera Stream
Sex, health, and athletes
The New York Times
The Trouble with Too Much T
New York Times

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