Madeleine Pape

Madeleine Pape
330 North Orchard Street, Room Room 2110
Madison WI 53715
Joined WID: 2016


Madeleine Pape is an Australian Ph.D candidate in Sociology. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Madeleine is slowly learning to appreciate Wisconsin winters. It is an ongoing process. In a past life, Madeleine represented Australia in track-and-field. Her love of running grew from daily races against an old steam train along the back fence of Emerald Primary School.


Pursuing a Ph.D in Sociology.

Research Description

My dissertation explores the intersections of gender, governance, and science. I am comparing two sites where these three themes intersect. The first site involves primarily the production of science: the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which regulate the inclusion of sex and gender in all federal government-funded health research in the United States (US). The second site focuses on the application of science: the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and their eligibility rules governing the participation of transgender and intersex women in Olympic sports.

My interest is threefold: I am analyzing how women have gained recognition and access as decision-makers in these two contexts, and thereby influenced the production and application of gendered knowledge. I am also looking at how binary notions of sex/gender difference have been reproduced and/or challenged through the governing practices of the NIH and IOC. Finally, I am fascinated with the following question: how does a particular form of “science” gain the authority to answer social questions? (e.g. what constitutes fairness in sport? What are the causes of health disparities?)
This mixed methods project combines archival data, semi-structured interviews, and textual analysis.


  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • Feminist Epistemology, Methodology, Metaphysics and Science Studies
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport