I am interested in the ways that developments in science, medicine, and technology shape how we come to know and understand our bodies, social identities, and human difference. My research contributes to three areas of scholarship: the politics of new biomedical technologies and knowledge; unequal experiences of illness; and scientific cultures of inequality. Using qualitative methods, my work demonstrates how biomedical science and technologies produced in laboratories are connected to the unequal, everyday experiences of people who navigate the structures of biomedicine and healthcare. I have published work in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, and medical sociology handbooks.
Read more about my current and past projects here.
Politics of Novel Biomedical
Technologies & Knowledge
This area of my research program investigates the social, political, and ethical dimensions of emergent biomedical technologies, the experts who create them, and the knowledge systems in which they are embedded.
Scientific Cultures of Inequality
This area of my research program investigates excavates inequalities in scientific labor, attending to how norms and organizational practices in science reproduce hierarchies.
Unequal Experiences of Illness
This area of my research program explores how people live with uncertain, chronic illness, including how they navigate complex healthcare systems, pursue knowledge about their conditions, and practice patienthood.
Header Photo: Château du Clos Lucé, Amboise France. Leonardo Da Vinci's home for the last three years of his life. Photo taken by M. Jeske.