Pearlman Hall, 207
Health: Science, Society, and Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesUniversity of California, Ph.D.
University of California, M.P.H.
Reed College, B.A.
ExpertiseSociology of Health and Illness, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology of the Body, Social and Ethical Dimensions of Genetics, Environmental Health and Justice Movements, Qualitative Research Methods.
|EL||94a||Experiential Learning Practicum|
|SOC||117b||Sociology of Science, Technology, and Medicine|
|SOC||118a||Observing the Social World: Doing Qualitative Sociology|
|SOC||189a||Sociology of Body and Health|
|SOC||193a||Environment, Health, and Society|
|SOC||218a||Inequality and Health|
|SOC||240a||Approaches to Sociological Research|
Awards and Honors
Michael L. Walzer '56 Award for Teaching (2013)
National Institutes of Health, Research Grant (subcontract) (2012)
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Grant (with Wendy Cadge (PI) and Emily Sigalow) (2010)
Elected to the Council of the Section on Medical Sociology of the American Sociological Association (Council Member at Large) (2010)
National Science Foundation, Research Grant (2008)
American Sociological Association Teaching Enhancement Fund Grant (with Wendy Cadge and David Cunningham) (2007)
Elected to Council of the Medical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association (Commitee Chair, Career and Employment) (2007)
Epilepsy Foundation Research Grant (2007)
Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program Seed Grant for "Genetics and Social Structure" (2006)
Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program Seed Grant for "Epilepsy Genetics: Ethical, Social, and Policy Dimensions" (2005)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar, Columbia University (2004)
National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (2002)
Shostak, Sara. Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health. University of California Press: 2013.
Shostak, Sara & Nicole Fox.. "Forgetting and Remembering Epilepsy: Collective Memory and the Experience of Illness." Sociology of Health & Illness 34. 3 (2012): 362-378.
Shostak, Sara, Zarhin, Dana, & Ruth Ottman. "What's at Stake? Genetic Information from the Perspective of People with Epilepsy and their Family Members." Social Science & Medicine. 73. 5 (2011): 645-654.
Shostak, Sara, and Miranda Waggoner. "Narration and Neuroscience: Encountering the Social on the ‘Last Frontier of Medicine'." Advances in Medical Sociology: Sociological Reflections on Neuroscience. vol. 12 Ed. Ira van Keulen and Martyn Pickersgill. Bingley: Emerald Press., 2011
Shostak, Sara, and Freese, Jeremy. "Gene Environment Interaction and Medical Sociology." Handbook of Medical Sociology. Ed. Chloe E. Bird, Peter Conrad, Allen M. Fremont, and Stefan Timmermans. Vanderbilt University Press, 2010. 418-434.
Shostak, Sara. "Marking Populations and Persons At Risk." Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health, and Medicine in the U.S.. Ed. Adele E. Clarke, Laura Mamo, Jennifer Fosket, Jennifer Fishman and Janet Shim. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2010. 242-262.
Shostak, Sara; Girouard, Jennifer; Cunningham, David; Cadge, Wendy. "Teaching Graduate and Undergraduate Research Methods: A Multi-Pronged Departmental Initiative." Teaching Sociology 38. 2 (2010): 93-105.
Clarke, Adele. E.; Shim, Janet; Shostak, Sara; Nelson, Alondra. "Biomedicalisation of Health and Identity." Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era. Ed. Peter Glasner, and Margaret Lock. London: Routledge, 2009
Freese, Jeremy; Shostak, Sara. "Genetics and Social Inquiry." Annual Review of Sociology 35. (2009): 107–28.
Shostak, Sara; Freese, Jeremy; Link, Bruce G.; Phelan, Jo C.. "The Politics of the Gene: Social Status and Beliefs about Genetics for Individual Outcomes." Social Psychology Quarterly 72. 1 (2009): 77-93.
Peter S. Bearman, Molly Martin and Sara Shostak, ed. Exploring Genetics and Social Structure. Special Issue of the American Journal of Sociology, 114(S1) 2008.
Shostak, Sara; Conrad, Peter; Horwitz, Allan V.. "Sequencing and Its Consequences: Path Dependence and the Relationships Between Genetics and Medicalization." American Journal of Sociology 114. S1 (2008): S287-S316.
Shostak, Sara and Erin Rehel. "Changing the Subject: Science, Subjectivity, and the Structure of 'Ethical Problems'." Advances in Medical Sociology: Sociological Perspectives on Bioethical Issues. Ed. Elizabeth Armstrong, Barbara Katz Rothman, Rebecca Tiger. Oxford: Elsevier/JAI Press, 2007. Pp. 323-346.
Shostak, Sara. "Translation at Work: Genetically Modified Mouse Models and Molecularization in the Environmental Health Sciences." Science, Technology, and Human Values 32. 3 (2007): 315-338.
Estes, Carroll; Goldberg, Sheryl; Wellin, Chris; Linkins, Karen; Shostak, Sara; Beard, Renee. "Implications of Welfare Reform for the Elderly: A Case Study of Provider, Advocate, and Consumer Perspectives.." Journal of Aging and Social Policy 18. 1 (2006): 41-63.
Shostak, Sara; Ottman, Ruth. "Ethical, Social, and Policy Dimensions of Epilepsy Genetics." Epilepsia 47. 10 (2006): 1595-1602.
Shostak, Sara; Ottman, Ruth. "Response to Comments." Epilepsia 47. 10 (2006): 1755-1756.
Kagawa-Singer, Marjorie; Dong, Liane; Shostak, Sara; Rayner, Chantal; Lew, Rod; Shostak, Sara. "Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Practices for Low-Income Asian American Women in Ethnic-Specific Clinics." California Journal of Health Promotion 3. 3 (2005): 180-192.
Shostak, Sara. "The Emergence of Toxicogenomics: A Case Study of Molecularization." Social Studies of Science 35. 3 (2005): 367-403.
Shostak, Sara. "Environmental Justice and Genomics: Acting on the Futures of Environmental Health." Science as Culture 13. 4 (2004): 539-562.
Shostak, Sara. "Locating Gene-Environment Interaction: At the Intersections of Genetics and Public Health." Social Science and Medicine 56. (2003): 2327-2342.