Katie Hasson

Katie Hasson, PhD, writes, speaks, researches, and teaches about the social and political aspects of human genetic and reproductive technologies. Katie earned her PhD in Sociology with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.

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Publications

Picture of DNA
By Marcy Darnovsky, Leah Lowthorp, and Katie Hasson, OpenGlobalRights | 02.15.2018

What do recent advances in molecular genetics have to do with human rights? Quite a lot, it turns out. And...

A white baby is swimming under water, with arms reaching out.
By Katie Hasson, Zócalo Public Square | 01.17.2018

When we talk about gene editing technology, we often talk about—but almost never deeply consider—the concept of designer babies. Consider...

In the News

An embryo being fertilized
By Katie Hasson, The Hill | 06.10.2019

Late last year, scientist He Jiankui announced the birth of the world’s first genetically modified babies. He deployed a...

Latest gloves and mouth swab
By Lidia Davis, Reviews.com [cites CGS' Katie Hasson] | 05.20.2019

As morbid as it sounds, life insurance companies want to know how long you’ll be around, and figuring that out...

Gloved hand holding vial of DNA
By Kevin Brasler, Consumers' Checkbook [cites CGS' Katie Hasson] | 05.15.2019

While it’s fun to submit DNA to a testing service to learn you might be 10 percent Nigerian, Norwegian, or...

Biopolitical Times

In the months since He Jiankui first announced the birth of gene-edited twins, there’s been a steady stream of revelations...

In late April, news broke that police used a public genealogy database to identify a suspect in the “Golden State...