Friese, Carrie

Dr Carrie Friese  


Position held

Lecturer in the Sociology of the Life Sciences and Biomedicine


Experience keywords:

animals in science and society; assisted reproductive technologies and cloning; health, illness and biomedicine

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My principal research interests are in reproduction, genetics, medical technologies and animal in bioscience, biomedicine, and society. I explore these topics at the intersections of medical sociology and science and technology studies. My previous research focused on the use of assisted reproductive technologies for human reproduction in the context of infertility. My recent research has shifted the analytic gaze to explore the development of somatic cell nuclear transfer for species preservation in the context of biomedical research and the changing terrain of zoological parks. I am currently initiating two new research projects. One explores genetic disease and corresponding technologies from a sociological perspective, focusing on severe combined immune deficiency or what is more commonly known as "the bubble boy disease". The other explores the role of animal husbandry in the life sciences and biomedicine.

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Friese, Carrie and Latimer, Joanna (2018) Entanglements in health and wellbeing: working with model organisms in biomedicine and bioscience Medical Anthropology Quarterly. ISSN 0745-5194 (In Press)


Friese, Carrie (2017) Cloning in the zoo. Or when zoos become parents In: Minteer, Ben A. and Maienschein, Jane and Collins, James P., (eds.) The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Il.

Friese, Carrie and Nuyts, Nathalie (2017) From the Principles to the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act. A commentary on how and why the 3Rs became central to laboratory animal governance in the UK Science, Technology and Human Values. ISSN 0162-2439

Friese, Carrie and Nuyts, Nathalie (2017) Posthumanist critique and human health: how nonhumans (could) figure in public health research Critical Public Health, 27 (3). 303-313. ISSN 0958-1596


Friese, Carrie (2016) Feminist animal care. In: Hoogland, Renée C., (ed.) Gender: Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks. Macmillan Reference USA. ISBN 9780028663159

Davies, Gail F. and Greenhough, Beth J and Hobson-West, Pru and Kirk, Robert G. W. and Applebee, Ken and Bellingan, Laura C. and Berdoy, Manuel and Buller, Henry and Cassaday, Helen J. and Davies, Keith and Diefenbacher, Daniela and Druglitrø, Tone and Escobar, Maria Paula and Friese, Carrie and Herrmann, Kathrin and Hinterberger, Amy and Jarrett, Wendy J. and Jayne, Kimberley and Johnson, Adam M. and Johnson, Elizabeth R. and Konold, Timm and Leach, Matthew C. and Leonelli, Sabina and Lewis, David I. and Lilley, Elliot J. and Longridge, Emma R. and McLeod, Carmen M. and Miele, Mara and Nelson, Nicole C. and Ormandy, Elisabeth H. and Pa, Helen (2016) Developing a collaborative agenda for humanities and social scientific research on laboratory animal science and welfare PLOS ONE, 11 (7). ISSN 1932-6203


Friese, Carrie (2015) Genetic values as a moral economy in the zoo In: Helgesson, Claes-Fredrik and Dussauge, Isabelle and Lee, Francis, (eds.) Value Practices in the Life Sciences and Medicine. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 019968958X

Friese, Carrie (2015) Genetic value: the moral economies of cloning in the zoo In: Dussauge, Isabelle and Helgesson, Claes-Fredrik and Lee, Francis, (eds.) Value practices in the life sciences and medicine. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 153-167. ISBN 9780199689583


Friese, Carrie and Marris, Claire (2014) Making de-extinction mundane? PLOS Biology, 12 (3). e1001825. ISSN 1545-7885


Friese, Carrie (2013) Realizing potential in translational medicine: the uncanny emergence of care as science Current Anthropology, 54 (S7). S129-S138. ISSN 0011-3204

Friese, Carrie (2013) Cloning wild life: zoos, captivity, and the future of endangered animals Biopolitics. NYU Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9781479836383


Friese, Carrie and Clarke, Adele (2012) Transposing bodies of knowledge and technique: animal models at work in reproductive sciences Social Studies of Science, 42 (1). 31-52. ISSN 0306-3127


Friese, Carrie (2010) Classification conundrums: categorizing chimeras and enacting species preservation Theory and Society, 39 (2). 145-172. ISSN 0304-2421


Friese, Carrie (2009) Models of cloning, models for the zoo: rethinking the sociological significance of cloned animals Biosocieties, 4 (4). 367-390. ISSN 1745-8552


Friese, Carrie and Becker, Gay and Nachtigall, Robert D. (2008) Older motherhood and the changing life course in the era of assisted reproductive technologies Journal of Aging Studies, 22 (1). 65-73. ISSN 0890-4065


Friese, Carrie and Becker, Gay and Nachtigall, Robert D. (2006) Rethinking the biological clock: eleventh-hour moms, miracle moms and meanings of age-related infertility Social Science and Medicine, 63 (6). 1550-1560. ISSN 0277-9536

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A unique study uniting sociology and the study of science and technology, Cloning Wild Life demonstrates just how much bioscience reproduces and changes our ideas about the meaning of life itself.

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Illinois Distinguished Dissertation Award, International Association of Qualitative Inquiry (2009); Anselm Strauss Special Award for Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation, UCSF (2007)

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