MaryKate K. Bodnar

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Genomics in the Clinic: Identity, Responsibility and Choice in Chronic Illness Management


Research Interests

  • Medical Anthropology: Constructions and Performance of Motherhood, Breastfeeding, Commoditization of the Body, Women's Reproductive Health

Biographical Info

I am wired to be an Anthropology professor and will use my graduate education to become an expert in the field of medical anthropology and to educate the next generation of scholars. The rigor of my academic course work and richness of my research experiences prepares me to collaborate with other scholars who have a stake in medical anthropology, such as feminist theorists, public health officials, and biomedical practitioners. This collaborative spirit also informs my teaching philosophy. I have proven my dedication to teaching best practices through participation in the Graduate Student Teaching Credentialing program at Western Michigan University, where I earned my M.A. As a Ph.D. student at MSU, I continue to pursue teaching excellence with professional development. I want my work as a professor to become a shaping force for future anthropologists. My research centers around constructions and experiences of motherhood. I am currently most interested in breast milk sharing and banking.


Bodnar, MaryKate K. (2015) “Reproductive Genetics: Desired Genes, Gendered Ethics, and Eugenic Echoes,” The Hilltop Review: Vol. 7: Iss. 2, Article 6.

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M.A. Thesis

Breastfeeding with the Bronson Mothers’ Milk Bank

Western Michigan University

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