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Graduate Student

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Japanese Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Culture & Knowledge
    • Health and Illness
  • About

    Right now I’m completing my dissertation: an investigation of the production of medical knowledge among lay people in online social spaces. I am conducting a virtual ethnography, including offline interviews, of two prominent online health communities. My analysis focuses on how sufferers (co-)construct and negotiate knowledge about three chronic pain conditions: arthritis, migraine, and back pain. More broadly, the project seeks to extend research in sociology of knowledge and expertise by clarifying how non-experts collaboratively produce expert-like knowledge.

  • Education
    • M.A. University of Michigan
    • B.A. Colorado College
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Body & Embodiment
    • Health & Illness
    • Culture & Knowledge
    • Japan
  • Dissertation Committee
    • Geneviève Zubrzycki (chair), Renee Anspach, Robert Jansen, Tiffany Veinot (School of Information)