sara shostak, Ph.D.

Sara Shostak held her Stetten Fellowship from 2003-2004. Her research project, “Modeling Carcinogenesis: Transgenic Research at the NIEHS, 1990-2000,” traced the emergence of genetically modified mouse models at the NIEHS and National Toxicology Program research on environmental mutagenesis and molecular carcinogenesis. Using this case study, she revealed the influence of genetically modified mouse models to the molecularization of the contemporary environmental health sciences.

Shostak received her PhD in Sociology from University of California San Francisco. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University.

Selected Publications:

with Jeremy Freese, "Gene Environment Interaction and Medical Sociology" in Chloe E. Bird, Peter Conrad, Allen M. Fremont, and Stefan Timmermans (eds.) Handbook of Medical Sociology (Vanderbilt University Press, 2010), 418-434.

"Marking Populations and Persons At Risk" in Adele E. Clarke, Laura Mamo, Jennifer Fosket, Jennifer Fishman and Janet Shim (eds.) Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health, and Medicine in the U.S. (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2010), 242-262.

with Janet Shim, Sara Shostak, Alondra Nelson, "Biomedicalisation of Health and Identity" in Peter Glasner and Margaret Lock (eds) Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era (London: Routledge, 2009).

with Jeremy Freese, "Genetics and Social Inquiry," Annual Review of Sociology (2009) 35: 107–28.

with Jeremy Freese, Bruce G. Link, Jo C Phelan, "The Politics of the Gene: Social Status and Beliefs about Genetics for Individual Outcomes," Social Psychology Quarterly (2009) 72(1): 77-93.

with Peter S. Bearman and Molly Martin (eds), “Special Issue: Exploring Genetics and Social Structure,” American Journal of Sociology, 2008,114 (S1).

with Peter Conrad and Allan V Horwitz, "Sequencing and its Consequences: Path Dependence and the Relationships Between Genetics and Medicalization," American Journal of Sociology (2008)114. S1: S287-S316.

with Erin Rehel. "Changing the Subject: Science, Subjectivity, and the Structure of 'Ethical Problems'" in Elizabeth Armstrong, Barbara Katz Rothman, Rebecca Tiger (eds) Advances in Medical Sociology: Sociological Perspectives on Bioethical Issues (Oxford: Elsevier/JAI Press, 2007), 323-346.

"Translation at Work: Genetically Modified Mouse Models and Molecularization in the Environmental Health Sciences," Science, Technology, and Human Values (2007) 32 (3): 315-338.

with Ruth Ottman, "Ethical, Social, and Policy Dimensions of Epilepsy Genetics," Epilepsia (2006) 47 (10): 1595-1602 and "Response to Comments, " Epilepsia (2006) 47(10): 1755-1756.

“The Emergence of Toxicogenomics: A Case Study of Molecularization," Social Studies of Science (2005): 35(3), 367-403.

"Environmental Justice and Genomics: Acting on the Futures of Environmental Health," Science as Culture (2004) 13(4): 539-562.

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