RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Sociomedical Sciences, Sociology, Public Health
Area(s) of Expertise:
Health Sociology, Social Determinants of Physical and Mental Health, Health Disparities, Social Capital, Community Conditions and Well-Being, Methods for Examining Local Area Contexts, Sociological Theory
Aaron Mauck is a historian and ethnographic researcher interested in the evolution of institutional and epidemiological responses to chronic disease. His dissertation examined the development of diabetes management practices over the last century, exploring the consequences of changing diagnostic and risk factor criteria for the way in which the disease was addressed by clinical specialists and public health advocates. In his previous work, he has examined the history of health education strategies, the history of chronic disease morbidity and mortality studies, and the development of practice-centered techniques for optimizing cost, quality, and coverage in healthcare using evidence-based medicine. Aaron plans to continue his research on disease management as a Health and Society Scholar, undertaking a qualitative study of the social and economic impact of type 2 diabetes on neighborhoods with elevated diabetes rates. He plans to employ ethnographic and survey techniques to explore methods for better integrating clinical and community responses to diabetes using educational and motivational tools. Aaron received his Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University in 2010. He also holds an MA in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA in Anthropology from Reed College.