Kate Weatherford Darling is a sociologist working across the boundaries of medical sociology, feminist science and technology studies, health policy and bioethics. Her research program uses qualitative sociological methods to understand how social, technological and biomedical transformations impact people living with chronic illnesses and disabilities in the U.S. She earned her doctorate in Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco in 2016. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science & Medicine, Science Technology & Human Values, and Engaging Science & Technology Studies. Her dissertation traced the transformation of HIV into a manageable yet expensive chronic illness. At the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, her postdoctoral fellowship was supported by a National Human Genome Research Institute’s Ethical Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Program training grant. 

Positions Held

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Sciences Department, University of Maine at Augusta (2019- )

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (2017-2018)

Assistant Director of Research & Academic Programs, Science & Justice Research Center / Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California at Santa Cruz (2016-2017)

Education and Training

2016 – Doctorate in Sociology, UC San Francisco

2007 – Bachelors of Science, Molecular Environmental Biology, UC Berkeley