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M. Catherine Maternowska, PhD, MPH

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Academic Phone: 916/213-3815
Academic Fax: 415/502-8479

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Dr. M. Catherine Maternowska conducts original ethnographic research examining family planning and reproductive rights. Her research includes an examination of the impact of sexually transmitted infections, poor pre-natal care, and an absence of good obstetric services on the health of women living in poverty in urban California, Mexico, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya, where she currently resides. She has served as Principal Investigator and/or Senior Investigator on at least nine projects addressing gender, power, and cultural issues since arriving at UCSF. Areas of interest include: Critical medical anthropology and political economy of fertility; Caribbean (Haiti), Zimbabwe, and Tanzania, and Kenya; Applied research in resource-deficient settings; International health care inequities and critiques of development; Reproductive rights and advocacy around sexual and gender-based violence.

Year Institution & Location Degree Field of Study
1983 University of London, The London School of Economics and Political Science B.Sc. Economics and Geography
1986 University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI MPH

Population Planning and
International Health

1996 Columbia University, School of Public Health, New York, NY PhD Medical Anthropology, Division of Sociomedical Sciences
Achievements & Recognition
Year Major Honors


Association for Women in Science - Academic Achievement in the Sciences


Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship/IIE


Inter-American Foundation Dissertation Fellowship


Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Population Sciences
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