Charis Thompson

Chancellor's Professor of Gender & Women's Studies; Director, Chau Hoi Shuen Program in Gender & Science
Office: Office: 626 Barrows Hall
Research AreasBioPublications
Research Areas
    • Feminist theory
    • Science and technology studies
    • Reproductive and genetic technologies
    • Transnational comparative studies of reproduction, population, biodiversity and environment

Charis Thompson is Chancellor’s Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies, and a former founding director of the Science, Technology, and Society Center at UC Berkeley. She read Philosophy, Psychology, and Physiology at Oxford University, and got her Ph.D. from the Science Studies program at UC San Diego. Before coming to Berkeley, she taught in the Science and Technology Studies Department at Cornell University, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. She is the author of Making Parents: The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies (MIT Press, 2005), which won the 2007 Rachel Carson Award from the Society for the Social Study of Science, and of Good Science: The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research (MIT Press, 2013).  She is a recipient of the Social Science Division Distinguished Teaching Award.

Good Science
The Ethical Choreography of Stem Cell Research
Charis Thompson
MIT Press, 2013
  There may be no consensus on the status of the embryo-only a tacit agreement to disagree-but the debate now takes place in a context in which human stem cell research and related technologies already exist. In this book, Charis Thompson investigates the evolution of the controversy over human pluripotent stem cell research in the US and proposes a new ethical approach for “good science .        
Making Parents
The Ontological Choreography of Reproductive Technologies
Charis Thompson
MIT Press, 2005
  Drawing on science and technology studies, feminist theory, and historical and ethnographic analyses of ART clinics, Thompson explores the intertwining of biological reproduction with the personal, political, and technological meanings of reproduction.