Dr Carrie Friese

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My principal research interest is in emergent relationships produced at the interface of reproductive and genetic science and society. I explore these relations across human and other animal species through the perspectives of medical sociology and science and technology studies. My initial research in this area focused on the use of assisted reproductive technologies for human reproduction in the context of infertility, with a particular focus on ageing and motherhood. My more recent research shifted the analytic gaze to explore the development of interspecies nuclear transfer (aka cloning) for species preservation in zoos. Here I ask how notions of nature are being innovated in and through biotechnological development. I am currently initiating three smaller projects that extend this focus on reproduction and genetics into new areas. One considers the turn to openness in the experience and governance of assisted reproduction. Another considers the role of animal husbandry in scientific knowledge production. And the third explores the genetic disorder severe combined immune deficiency (aka the bubble boy disease) as a site of experimentality. My teaching is in the sociological of health and illness, science, technology and medicine studies, and qualitative field methods. I am currently a council member of the Section on Science, Technology and Knowledge of the American Sociological Association. 

Selected Publications

Friese Cloning Wild Life coverFriese, Carrie (2013). “Realizing Potential in Translational Medicine: The Uncanny Emergence of Care as Science,”Current Anthropology 54(7)|: S129-S138.

Friese, Carrie (2013). Cloning Wild Life: Zoos, Captivity and the Future of Endangered Animals. New York: New York University Press.

2012 Friese, Carrie and Adele E. Clarke. “Transposing Bodies of Knowledge and Technique: Animal Models at Work in the Reproductive Sciences.” Social Studies of Science 42(1): 31-52.

Friese, Carrie. (2010) "Classification conundrums: Categorizing chimeras and enacting species preservation." Theory and Society 39(2): 145-172.

Friese, Carrie, Gay Becker, and Robert D. Nachtigall. (2010) "Rethinking the biological clock: eleventh hour moms, miracle moms, and meanings of age-related infertility" in Peter Brown and Ron Barrett (Eds.) Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology, Second Edition. McGraw Hill. Pp 198-208. (Reprint)

Friese, Carrie. (2009) "Models of cloning, models for the zoo: Rethinking the sociological significance of cloned animals." BioSocieties 4(4): 367-39

Friese, Carrie, Gay Becker, and Robert D. Nachtigall. (2008) "Older Motherhood and the Changing Life Course in the Era of Assisted Reproductive Technologies." Journal of Aging Studies 22(1): 65-73

Clarke, Adele E. and Carrie Friese. (2007) "Grounded Theorizing Using Situational Analysis" in Antony Bryant and Kathy Charmaz (Eds.) The Handbook of Grounded Theory. London: Sage: 363-397

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

Nachtigall, Robert, Gay Becker, Diane Tober, Carrie Friese, and Anneliese Butler. (2005) "Parents' Conceptualization of Their Frozen Embryos Complicates the Disposition Decision." Fertility & Sterility 84(2): 431-4.



Dr Carrie Friese