Katelin Albert

Katelin  Albert
Assistant Professor

PhD (University of Toronto), 2019

Office: COR A371


Katelin Albert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology.

She utilizes a diverse range of qualitative and quantitative methods -- from narrative interviews, ethnographic inquiry, to longitudinal diary and survey data -- to explore health decision-making, the diffusion of health responsibility in Canadian society, and how health and sexual health knowledge moves and operates between people and places. Sexual health, sexual experiences, and mental health on campus are growing concerns, and a key area for her future research. Her research program reflects her desire to assess the relationship between health and sexual health knowledge and health experiences

Her doctoral work looked at responsibility and the persistent tensions accompanying the HPV vaccine, sexual health, and sex-education in contemporary society. She connects the everyday micro-level of parents, teachers, and adolescent girls, with macro-politics of biomedicine, “good parenting,” and progressive sex-ed to understand how vaccine politics and sex-education relate to girls’ development of their own subjectivities. She argues that while parents and teachers work to be responsible to girls’ health and sexual health, their actions may not support adolescents in ways they imagined.

In addition to her work in sociology of health and medicine, she also has an interest in social theory, the philosophy of science, and knowledge production. This work focuses on i) “undone science” and structures that organize and delimit what counts as “good” social science; ii) socio-historical accounts of the history of sociology that misrepresent feminist scholarship and the role of women in sociology, and iii) the highly unequal social relations among knowledge producers. This work focuses on the need to co-consider ontology and epistemology.

Her work has been published internationally in journals such as Sociology of Health and Illness, The American Sociologist, the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, and the Canadian Journal of Sociology.

Dr. Albert has taught sociology in a variety of academic contexts and continents and greatly enjoys the teaching aspect of the profession. Her pedagogy prioritizes student engagement that can inspire learning and encourage all students, particularly those from diverse backgrounds and social locations.


  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Health and Mental Health
  • Sexual Health and Sexual Experiences
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Social Theory
  • Science and Technology