RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Sociology, Public Health
Area(s) of Expertise:
Sociology of Health and Illness, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology of the Body, Bioethics, Qualitative Research Methods
Sara Shostak is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) Program at Brandeis University. Her research and teaching interests encompass the sociology of health and illness, science and technology studies, and environmental sociology. Across these domains, Shostak focuses on how to understand - and address - inequalities in health. Shostak's first book - Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health (University of California Press, 2013) - won the Robert K. Merton Book Award from the American Sociology Association’s Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology and the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award from the Medical Sociology Section. She served as an associate editor of a special issue of the American Journal of Sociology, focused on genetics and social structure, and has an extensive record of publications on how genetic information shapes people’s lives and life chances. Shostak’s current project is a study of urban agriculture in New England cities.