Dr Karey A. Harwood

Program Coordinator

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Karey A. Harwood is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University.  She is also Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, a program in Interdisciplinary Studies at NC State.  Dr. Harwood serves as the Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Major.  

Harwood has been recognized for excellence in teaching at NC State.  She received the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010 and, more recently, the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award in 2019.  

Harwood earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University where she studied religious ethics and the sociology of religion and morality and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women’s Health in 2001.  The focus of her research has been in biomedical ethics and reproductive technologies.  Her book, The Infertility Treadmill: Feminist Ethics, Personal Choice, and the Use of Reproductive Technologies, examined both the social context of reproductive technologies and the individual experience of infertility, including the tendency of reproductive technologies to function as a consumeristic rite of passage in coming to terms with infertility.  Her more recent work grows out of civic engagement with public education in North Carolina and focuses on competing world views vying to shape public education in a 21st century democratic society.

Teaching and Research Interests

Biomedical ethics, reproductive technologies, feminist ethics, sociology of religion and morality.


Harwood, Karey. The Infertility Treadmill: Feminist Ethics, Personal Choice and the Use of Reproductive Technologies. University of North Carolina Press, 2007.

Harwood, Karey. "Decentering Whiteness in Feminist Bioethics: Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) as an Illustrative Case." In Reproductive Ethics II: New Ideas and Innovations, edited by Lisa Campo-Engelstein and Paul Burcher, Springer Press, 2018, p. 99-112.

Harwood, Karey. “Egg Freezing and the Feminist Quest for Equality in the Workplace.” In Reproductive Ethics: New Challenges and Conversations, edited by Lisa Campo-Engelstein and Paul Burcher, Springer Press, 2017, p. 63-75.

Harwood, Karey. “On the Ethics of Social Egg Freezing and Fertility Preservation for Nonmedical Reasons,” Medicolegal and Bioethics, vol. 5, 2015, p. 59-67.  

Harwood, Karey. “Bad Habit or Considered Decision? The Need for a Closer Examination of Prospective Parents’ Views.” International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, vol. 7, no. 1, 2014, p. 46-50.

Harwood, Karey. “Egg Freezing: A Breakthrough for Reproductive Autonomy? Bioethics, vol. 23, no. 1, 2009, p. 39-46.

Harwood, Karey. “Teaching bioethics through participation and policy-making.” Essays on Teaching Excellence, POD Network in Higher Education, vol. 16, no. 4, 2004-2005.


  • Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Ethics & Society Program, from Emory University, 2003
  • M.T.S. in Ethics from Harvard Divinity School, 1996
  • B.A. in English from Yale University, 1992