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Kathryn Mariner


PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2015

MA, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 2013

MA, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2010

BA, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, 2008

Research Interests

Professor Mariner's research examines the intersection of race, class, and kinship in the United States through the lens of adoption. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her research at a private adoption agency in Chicago between 2009 and 2016. The book explores the speculative logics of domestic adoption, by attending to how raced and classed exchanges of power, money, and knowledge produce notions of the child as an imagined future. Professor Mariner worked with social workers at the agency to understand the role that social inequality plays in adoption. She is also trained in clinical social work and uses that background to inform her ethnographic practice. Her next research project will investigate the relationship between kinship, embodiment, and risk in the emerging field of pediatric adoption medicine.

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