Kate Weatherford Darling, joins SJRC as Assistant Director of Research and Academic Programs


Katherine (Kate) Weatherford Darling is a sociologist working across the boundaries of the sociology of health, illness and disability, and feminist science studies. Kate is currently a Doctoral Candidate at UC San Francisco. She first joined the Science and Justice Research Center as a Visiting Scholar and a Graduate Student Researcher in 2015 and worked with the SJRC team to plan the Just Data? conference held May 2016 at UCSC.

Kate cares about bringing social justice and health inequalities to the center of discussions about the ethics and politics of biomedicine. Her research examines how chronic illness and complex disease are transformed by biomedical science and health policy in the U.S. In her forthcoming dissertation (2016), she asks what it means for HIV to be defined, managed and experienced as a chronic illness in U.S. healthcare and policy. She ethnographically traces how people living with HIV and their healthcare providers are navigating biomedical bureaucracies, grappling with new insurance markets and attempting to control healthcare costs. Adele Clarke, Janet Shim, Howard Pinderhughes and Jenny Reardon serve on her dissertation committee. She will be in residence at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland in Winter 2017 to extend her research into a book project.

Kate began her training in at UC Berkeley in the College of Natural Resources, where she studied Molecular Environmental Biology and volunteered at a feminist health clinic. She studied abroad in Santiago, Chile and then investigated the health effects of air pollution in New York City at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health.

While a graduate student, she collaborated on research projects at UCSF and the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Through these collaborations, she has examined concepts of race/ethnicity in gene-environment interaction research, the history of race in genetics after World War II, and new frameworks for examining implicated values in biomedical research. Information on her current papers and upcoming presentations are available on and Twitter @kwdetal.

Kate grew up in Santa Cruz County and lives in San Francisco with her family. She enjoys swimming, hiking, camping, gardening and making beer. Her parents are very proud UCSC alumni.


Call for Undergraduate Individual Study (2016-2017)


The SJRC will host up to 4 Individual Study students to collaborate on research papers and proposals as well as Center events and programming for the academic year. Students can also work on senior thesis projects related to Center Themes (Genomics, Data Justice, Climate Justice) and/or assist SJRC Graduate Training Program Fellows in planning and organizing events. The Individual Study course, can range from 2-5 units, be independent or group and will include directed readings, guided independent and collaborative research and project planning.

Interested in the Intersections of Science and Justice?

Want to Develop Collaborative Research or Public Events?  


Available Fall 2016

Just Data – assist in editing and analyzing transcripts from the Just Data meeting.

Diversity and Equity in STEM – assist with research on current individual and institutional leaders, model programs within the UC system and beyond, conduct a literature review on best practices, available curricula or training modules, assist with conducting informational interviews with key institutional leaders in the field

Third Street Project – assist with research on current community organizations and past story-telling or history exhibits in Bay View Hunter’s Point, conduct historical research on key buildings and institutions along the Third St. corridor (e.g. Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay Complex, Illumina, Bay View Opera House, South East Health Clinic, New Generations Clinic, Building 80 at SFGH), assist in developing interview protocol and media release for digital story-telling and photo-voice project, conduct research on the history of labor relations at UCSF and UC Medical Centers, assist in creating a web-presence for the Third St. Collaborative.


Available Winter / Spring 2017

Fair Healthcare Pricing Project – help with assembling a literature review on healthcare pricing, financial literacy and medical debt in the U.S., conduct historical research on the Orphan Drug Act, assist in developing a pilot interview-based research protocol.

Find ways undergraduates can get involved in Science and Justice research. Apply no later than the Monday of Week 1 and email a writing sample to