Katherine (Katie) Koralesky

Postdoctoral Fellow


I am a social scientist and research the human dimensions of animal welfare. Currently, I am investigating the social and ethical dimensions of gene editing in farm animals from the perspective of farmers, people developing gene editing technologies, members of the public, and animals. This work involves mixed-method surveys, interviews, focus groups, and reviews.

For my PhD, I used institutional ethnography to examine how animal sheltering and protection policy and law organize what happens to animals who come to be involved in this system.

I have also conducted research on dairy cattle welfare. For example, I examined how dairy farmers and veterinarians make end-of-life decisions for injured dairy cows, and have also investigated how dairy farmers work with advisors and use standard operating procedures to care for newborn calves. I also have a research interest in pedagogy, and conducted a survey with university instructors and undergraduate students to understand how the shift to online teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic changed how students engaged with course content and their peers.


Research Interests

Emerging technologies in agriculture
Responsible innovation
Farmer views on animal welfare
Public perceptions of animal welfare
Institutional ethnography
Animal welfare law and policy
Animal sheltering and protection

Research Methodology

Responsible innovation
Institutional ethnography
Social acceptance of technology
Qualitative Research
Mixed method surveys

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.
I am interested in working with undergraduate students on research projects.

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