Stefan Timmermans, Ph.D., M.A.

 RWJF Health & Society Scholar:


Area(s) of Expertise:
Qualitative Research-Ethnography, Medical Sociology Science Studies, Medical Technology, Death and Dying, Population Health



Stefan Timmermans is chair and professor of the sociology department at UCLA.  His research draws from medical sociology and science studies and uses ethnographic and historical methods to address key issues in the for-profit U.S. health care system. He has conducted research on medical technologies, health professions, death and dying, and population health. He is currently working on an ethnographic study of the expansion of newborn screening. His next projects will be about the community spillover effects of lack of health insurance and whole exome sequencing. His goal is to conduct robust qualitative research that reveals the invisible benefits and costs of the U.S. health care system. He is the author of Sudden Death and the Myth of CPR (Temple 1999), The Gold Standard: The Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine and Standardization in Health Care (Temple, 2003, with Marc Berg), and Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths (Chicago, 2006). His book Saving Babies? The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening (with Mara Buchbinder) is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press. He is also senior editor medical sociology for the journal Social Science and Medicine.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Stefan Timmermans's available publications in PubMed.


  TImmermans, Stefan, Saving Babies?: The Consequences of Newborn Genetics Screening. The University of Chicago Press, 2012.


  Timmermans, Stefan. Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths. University of Chicago Press, 2006


  Timmermans, Stefan and Marc Berg, Marc. The Gold Standard: The Challenge of Evidence-Based Medicine and Standardization in Health Care. Temple University Press, 2003


  Timmermans, Stefan. Sudden Death and the Myth of CPR. Temple University Press, 1999