Janet Shim, PhD
My research lies at the intersections of the sociology of health and illness, science/technology/medicine, and social inequality. I'm interested in tracing the relationships between conceptions of risk and difference, the organization of biomedical science and clinical practice, and broader social and cultural trends. Research foci include health inequalities, expert and lay knowledge of disease causation, and knowledge production in biomedicine, public health, and population sciences. Currently, I am conducting qualitative studies of the use of race and ethnicity in gene-environment interaction research on complex diseases, and the role of cultural capital in health care interactions.
- Sociology of Health and Illness
- Sociological Theory
- Social Inequalities in Health
- Qualitative Methods
- Society for the Social Studies of Science
- American Sociological Association
- Shim JK. (Forthcoming in 2014). Heart-Sick: The politics of risk, inequality, and heart disease. New York University Press.
- Clarke AE, Mamo L, Fosket JR, Fishman JR, Shim JK. (Eds.) (2010). Bioedicalization: Technoscience, health and illness in the U.S. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
- Shim JK. (2010). Cultural health capital: A theoretical approach to understanding health care interactions and the dynamics of unequal treatment. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 51(1), 1-15. PMID: 20420291
- Shim JK and Thomson LK. (2010). “The End of the Epidemiology Wars? Epidemiological ‘Ethics’ and the Challenge of Translation.” BioSocieties 5(2): 159-179.
- Shim JK, Russ, AJ, Kaufman SR. (2008). Late-life cardiac interventions and the treatment imperative. Public Library of Science-Medicine, 5(3), e7. PMID: 18318595