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 scientific practice; experiences of illness; and governance and regulation of biomedical technologies. 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.
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This area of research 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.
Biomedical Knowledge Production
This area of research examines politics of biomedical knowledge production, including the emergence of new scientific fields.
Experience of Illness & Sociology of Diagnosis
This area of research explores how people live with illness, including how they navigate complex healthcare systems and their own pursuit of lay and biomedical knowledge.
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.