Caitlin Taborda-Whitt

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Caty's research examines the intersections between bodies, markets, and culture. Her dissertation, "Bleeding for Pay," uses the plasma fractionation market as a site to examine how bodies and body parts are valued in private marketplaces, as well as how the embodied experience of donating plasma varies among donors. Beyond her dissertation, her other research has addressed shifts in health care professions, conceptions of disability and suffering, and public opinion about genetic testing.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 2014.
  • B.A.: Sociology, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, 2011.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • The body
  • body markets
  • altruism
  • Cultural Sociology
Courses Taught
  • SOC 3251w: Sociological Perspectives of Race, Class, and Gender (Instructor, University of Minnesota)
  • SOC 3613W: Stuffed and Starved (TA, University of Minnesota)
  • SOC 176: Nature, Nurture, and Public Policy (TA, Brandeis University)
  • SOC 189: Sociology of the Body and Health (TA, Brandeis University)
  • SOC 129: Sociology of Religion (TA, Brandeis University)
  • SOC 1A: Sociology of Order and Change in Society (TA, Brandeis University)
  • Cindy L. Cain, Caty Taborda-Whitt, Monica S. Frazer, Sandra Schellinger, Katie M. White, Jason Kaasovic, Brenda Nelson, and Allison Chant. 2017. “A Mixed Methods Study of Emotional Exhaustion: Energizing and Depleting Work Within an Innovative Healthcare Team.” Journal of Interprofessional Care 31(6): 714-724.
  • Caty Taborda-Whitt. 2017. “Words Have Power: Student Voices.” Invited chapter in The Open Mic Night: Campus Programs That Champion College Student Voice and Engagement edited by Toby S. Jenkins, Crystal L. Endsley, Marla L. Jaksch and Anthony Keith Jr. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing. * American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Book Award, 2018
  • Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow, 2016 - 2019
  • Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellow, 2014 - 2015
  • Ronald E. Anderson Technology and Social Cohesion Fellowship, 2016
  • Life Course Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2014 - 2016