107: Interview with Dr. Kathryn Clancy

Episode 107: Welcome back to Real Health Radio. We have another guest interview and this week I’m sitting down with Dr. Kathryn Clancy. She is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, but a lot of the research that she does now looks at women’s experiences working in science and academia more broadly.



Here’s what we talk about in this podcast episode:

4:30: Kate’s training and background

9:40: The problem Kate has with the field of anthropology

12:00: Differences in reproductive health between the US and Poland

19:00: How periods and birth control are talked about in Poland

21:30: Menopause

23:00: PMS, PMDD, and how they vary through cultures

28:30: Culture-bound Syndrome

32:30: Adaptation vs Genetic Drift

35:00: In menstruation obsolete?

39:15: Kate’s feminist biology lab

42:00: Sexual harassment in academia 

47:00: Is it getting better?

49:00: Does how women are treated affect their reproductive physiology?

51:00: Kate’s feelings on the current political climate

Here’s how you can connect with Kate:




Period Podcast

Links mentioned during the show:

Anthropology and the study of menopause: evolutionary, developmental, and comparative perspectives.

Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault

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  1. Kasia Wiejacha says:

    Dear Chris,
    I’m big fan of your podcast and I appreciate a lot your knowledge. I’m also Polish, that’s why I couldn’t leave this episod without a comment. Please find below the message that I sent to dr Clancy in order to understand what am I talking about:

    “Dear dr Clancy. My name is Kasia and I’m Polish. I’m writing to you because I was listening to your interview with Chris Sandel from Real Health Radio and I couldn’t leave without a comment what you said about my country. I don’t know where you did your study in Poland (although from the photo it looks like you were in the south) but I grew up in the rural Poland, my parents are farmers and since I can remember we had books in our home. Both my parents and grandparents were actually readind them. Also, saying that we don’t have grocery stores in the rural Poland is totaly false. Maybe it was true before 1989 (the end of the communism in Poland) but not for the past 28 years. Saying that rural Poland is remote sounds like we are leaving outside of the civilization, which is not true. We have landlines, cellphones, computers and the internet access. Please, refrain from picturing Poland and other contries from Estern Europe as wild and uncivilised because it far from the true. Best regards, Kasia Wiejacha”

    I belive that dr Clancy is spreading some untrue information about my country and you are participating in it by describing US and UK as Westernized countries comparing to Poland. I know it’s a shortcut but I also know that for some people it’s a way to say that my country is not civilised and wild. I travel a lot and I don’t have a doubts that Poland is more modern and civilised that some of the so called “Westernized” countries.

    Best regards,
    Kasia Wiejacha

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