Catherine Burns

Associate Professor

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Catherine Burns joined the CSA&G team in January as an Associate Professor of History (a joint appointment between the CSA&G and the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies). Catherine was educated at WITS, the Johns Hopkins University, and Northwestern University, where she earned her PhD in History. Her research interests focus on medical and health history, the history and ethnography of reproduction and sex, ethics in biomedical research, and the history of gender in southern Africa. She has taught at several universities in the USA, and at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she was based from 1995-2009. From 1999 to 2002 she was head of the interdisciplinary Programme of Gender Studies, and from 2005-2007 head of History at UKZN -- where she was Associate Professor of History from 2005 until her appointment as a Technical Advisor at the Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health, a Division of WITS Health Consortium, in Durban. Catherine joined the WITS Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) in 2012 until joining the CSA&G in 2017. Catherine has taught in History, in Medicine and Public Health, and in Gender Studies, and has supervised many masters and doctoral students across several disciplines. She is the editor of African Studies, an internationally-rated interdisciplinary journal, in continuous existence since 1922. See:

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