Janelle Lamoreaux

Grant Type

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

Institutional Affiliation

Arizona, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9684

Approve Date

October 4, 2018

Project Title

Lamoreaux, Dr. Janelle D., U. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ - To aid research and writing on 'Infertile Futures: Epigenetic Environments in a Toxic China' - Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship

JANELLE LAMOREAUX, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship to aid research and writing on ‘Infertile Futures: Epigenetic Environments in a Toxic China.’ The Hunt Fellowship resulted in the publication of the book Infertile Environments: Epigenetic Toxicology and the Reproductive Health of Chinese Men (Duke 2023), in which the fellow investigates how epigenetic research into the effects of toxic exposure conceptualizes and configures environments. Drawing on fieldwork in a Nanjing, China, toxicology lab that studies the influence of pesticides and other pollutants on male reproductive and developmental health, Lamoreaux shows how the lab’s everyday research practices bring national, hormonal, dietary, maternal, and laboratory environments into being. The manuscript situates the lab’s work within broader Chinese history as well as the contemporary cultural and political moment, in which declining fertility rates and reproductive governance and technology are growing concerns. It also points to how toxicology in China is a transnational endeavor tied to both local conditions and international research agendas and infrastructures, which highlights the myriad scales and scope of epigenetic environments. At a moment of growing concerns about toxins, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and climate change, the fellow demonstrates that epigenetic research’s proliferation of environments produces new kinds of toxic relations that impact multiple generations of humans.