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Cal Lee Garrett

Graduate Student


Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs


Building & Room:

Sociology Office: 4111 BSB


Previous Degrees:

B.A. Sociology and Women and Gender Studies, Seattle University

M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty Areas:

Science, knowledge, and technology; Settler colonialism; Sexualities; Medicalization; Environment; Dis/ability studies; Theory

Research Interests:

Rooted in the frameworks of sociology of science, I research and write on the connections between practices of scientific knowledge production and the persistence of structural inequalities. I am especially interested in uncertainty, incommensurability, expertise, settler colonialism, and heteronormativity. 

Currently, I am publishing on the psychiatric science of gender dysphoria, and the relationship of this science to inclusionary policies about gender identity. My dissertation research takes up scientific biodiversity conservation as a form of land management in the US that enacts novel hierarchies in local communities. Across my research, I am especially interested in cases where new developments in scientific knowledge and practice are presented as minor or uncontroversial social developments. In such cases, like gender dysphoria or biodiversity conservation projects, I study how the appearance of success is accomplished.