Kellie Owens
  • Titles:
  • Fellow in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics
  • Education:
  • Northwestern University, PhD, Sociology
  • Northwestern University, MA, Sociology
  • Michigan State University, BA

Kellie received her PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in 2017, where she was also a fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Science in Human Culture Program. From 2015-2017, she was a Visiting Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at Harvard University. She received her BA in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University.

Kellie’s research examines changing risk management practices in medicine, with a focus on American childbirth. In particular, she is interested in how medical providers are reacting to data suggesting that some commonly-used technologies and procedures are not improving health outcomes and may be leading to overtreatment. She demonstrates how risk countercultures in childbirth complicate the common biomedical narrative suggesting that health risks are best managed through increased monitoring and intervention. Her research has received paper prizes from the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), the Science, Knowledge and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association, and the Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing at the American Anthropological Association.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Kellie will turn her attention towards the moral and epistemic value of genetic information in medical risk management and clinical practice.

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