Sharon Kaufman, PhD



Chair, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. Professor Emerita, Medical Anthropology. Core faculty, joint doctoral program in Medical Anthropology with UC Berkeley. Areas of research include: the changing culture and structure of US medicine; end-of-life; aging; subjectivity; the relationship of biotechnologies to ethics, governance and medical practice; the shifting terrain of evidence in clinical science; practices of risk assessment; and the anthropology of forms of life.



Kaufman SR. "Losing My Self": A Poet's Ironies and a Daughter's Reflections on Dementia. Perspect Biol Med. 2017; 60(4):549-568.
Ottenberg AL, Mueller PS, Topazian RJ, Kaufman S, Swetz KM. "It's not broke, so let's not try to fix it": why patients decline a cardiovascular implantable electronic device. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2014 Oct; 37(10):1306-14.
Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Discernment rather than decision-making among elderly dialysis patients. Semin Dial. 2012 Jan-Feb; 25(1):31-2.
Kramer DB, Ottenberg AL, Gerhardson S, Mueller LA, Kaufman SR, Koenig BA, Mueller PS. "Just Because We Can Doesn't Mean We Should": views of nurses on deactivation of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2011 Dec; 32(3):243-52.
Adams V, Kaufman SR. Ethnography and the making of modern health professionals. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2011 Jun; 35(2):313-20.
Jain SL, Kaufman SR. Introduction to special issue. After progress: time and improbable futures in clinic spaces. Med Anthropol Q. 2011 Jun; 25(2):183-8.
Kaufman SR, Fjord L. Medicare, ethics, and reflexive longevity: governing time and treatment in an aging society. Med Anthropol Q. 2011 Jun; 25(2):209-31.
Adams V, Kaufman SR, van Hattum T, Moody S. Aging disaster: mortality, vulnerability, and long-term recovery among Katrina survivors. Med Anthropol. 2011 May; 30(3):247-70.
Kaufman SR. Toward a phenomenology of boundaries in medicine: chronic illness experience in the case of stroke. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2011 Jan-Feb; 18(1):6-17.
Kaufman SR, Mueller PS, Ottenberg AL, Koenig BA. Ironic technology: Old age and the implantable cardioverter defibrillator in US health care. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Jan; 72(1):6-14.
Kaufman SR. Time, Clinic Technologies, and the Making of Reflexive Longevity: The cultural work of 'time left' in an aging society. Sociol Health Illn. 2010 Feb 01; 32(2TECHNOGENARIANS):225-237.
Kaufman SR. Time, clinic technologies, and the making of reflexive longevity: the cultural work of time left in an ageing society. Sociol Health Illn. 2010 Feb 01; 32(2):225-37.
Kaufman SR. Making longevity in an aging society: linking Medicare policy and the new ethical field. Perspect Biol Med. 2010; 53(3):407-24.
Kaufman SR. Making longevity in an aging society: linking ethical sensibility and Medicare spending. Med Anthropol. 2009 Oct; 28(4):317-25.
Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Late-life cardiac interventions and the treatment imperative. PLoS Med. 2008 Mar 04; 5(3):e7.
Russ AJ, Shim JK, Kaufman SR. The value of "life at any cost": talk about stopping kidney dialysis. Soc Sci Med. 2007 Jun; 64(11):2236-47.
Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Clinical life: expectation and the double edge of medical promise. Health (London). 2007 Apr; 11(2):245-64.
Kaufman SR, Shim JK, Russ AJ. Old age, life extension, and the character of medical choice. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2006 Jul; 61(4):S175-84.
Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Risk, life extension and the pursuit of medical possibility. Sociol Health Illn. 2006 May; 28(4):479-502.
Kaufman SR, Russ AJ, Shim JK. Aged bodies and kinship matters: The ethical field of kidney transplant. Am Ethnol. 2006 Feb; 33(1):81-99.
Russ AJ, Shim JK, Kaufman SR. "Is there life on dialysis?": time and aging in a clinically sustained existence. Med Anthropol. 2005 Oct-Dec; 24(4):297-324.
Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Family perceptions of prognosis, silence, and the "suddenness" of death. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2005 Mar; 29(1):103-23.
Sharon R. Kaufman. ...And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life. 2005.
Kaufman SR, Shim JK, Russ AJ. Revisiting the biomedicalization of aging: clinical trends and ethical challenges. Gerontologist. 2004 Dec; 44(6):731-8.
Tschann JM, Kaufman SR, Micco GP. Family involvement in end-of-life hospital care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Jun; 51(6):835-40.
Kaufman SR. Hidden places, uncommon persons. Soc Sci Med. 2003 Jun; 56(11):2249-61.
Kaufman SR. A commentary: hospital experience and meaning at the end of life. Gerontologist. 2002 Oct; 42 Spec No 3:34-9.
Sharon R. Kaufman. The Healer's Tale: Transforming Medicine and Culture. 1993.
Sharon R. Kaufman. The Ageless Self: Sources of Meaning in Late Life. 1986.
Sharon R. Kaufman
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