Claudia Chaufan, MD, PhD
My research includes the sociopolitical and economic determinants and forces that shape health, healthcare, and other inequalities in basic human needs, international comparisons of health systems, the politics of health and social policy, and the sociology of human genomics. My clinical background has led me to use type 2 diabetes and obesity as case studies that illuminate the dynamics underlying these determinants and forces. Since 2009, I have expanded my research to include selected areas in the Middle East (Palestine), Asia (Taiwan), and Latin America (Argentina, Cuba, Venezuela). I study how these nations deal with global and local determinants of health, healthcare and other social inequalities. Other intellectual interests include the political economy of global health and social inequalities, the history, philosophy and sociology of science, power/discourse, methods, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
I teach or have taught courses in the sociology of health and illness, the politics of health policy, comparative health care policies and systems, classical sociological theory, and the sociology of power. One of the greatest pleasures of academia as a profession has been the bonds I have developed with my students and mentees, to the point that I can hardly imagine my scholarship as separate from my teaching and mentoring. Both activities jointly challenge me to clarify my ideas, seek better ways to communicate them, and sharpen my ability to articulate the power of the sociological lens that has so deeply transformed my intellectual, professional, civic, and personal lives.